On Wednesday, February 15th, at a hearing with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, actor Ashton Kutcher made an impassioned plea about ending modern slavery to congressmen. Fighting sex trafficking is not a new cause for Kutcher – in 2010, he and ex-wife Demi Moore founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, which “drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.”
Since then, Kutcher has been a prominent leader of the movement to protect children from predatory behavior. He addressed the Congress with a very emotional speech, in which he described his experiences with children while working with Thorn.
“As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims in Russia, I’ve met victims in India, I’ve met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico, victims from New York and New Jersey and all across our country. I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see.”
He also addressed his role as a father to two daughters, and how heavily he is affected by the thought that children their age are being exploited:
“Now, this is about the time I start talking about politics that the internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job. So I’d like to talk about my day job. My day job is as the chairman and co-founder of Thorn… My other day job is that of a father of two: a 2-month-old and a 2-year-old, and as part of that job that I take very seriously, I believe it is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness, and to ensure a society and government that defends it as well.”
It is clear that Kutcher’s words resonated with a lot of people, as the video of his speech is going viral on the Internet. In addition, according to CNN, Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker said that Kutcher is, “a true testament to entrepreneurialism and people taking a risk toward social good.”