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Ashton Kutcher Rallies Senate Against Child Trafficking

| by Lauren Briggs

Actor Ashton Kutcher's anti-sex trafficking organization is making waves after he delivered an impassioned speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Feb. 15, urging them to do more to fight child slavery.

"I've been on FBI raids, where I've seen things that no person should ever see," Kutcher, who has a 2-year-old daughter and a 3-month-old son with wife Mila Kunis, told the committee in Washington D.C., according to a transcript from Business Insider. "I've seen video content of a child that's the same age as mine being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. And this child was so conditioned by her environment, that she thought she was engaging in play."

The 39-year-old Iowa native was close to tears as he explained that he has met victims all across the world who have been trafficked from places such as Russia, India, Mexico and the U.S.

"I've been on the other end of a phone call from my team asking for my help, because we had received a call from the Department of Homeland Security telling us that a 7-year-old girl was being sexually abused and that content was being spread around the dark web and she'd been being abused and they'd watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator," Kutcher explained, notes Business Insider. "Asking us for help."

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The actor and tech investor co-founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children with his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, in 2009, reports The Independent. The organization, which develops software to catch and deter sex trafficking criminals, has identified 6,000 victims, including 2,000 children, since late 2016.

"We were the last line of defense," he added, according to The Independent. "An actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defense. That's my day job and I'm sticking to it."

An estimated more than 20 million people are believed to be in slavery across the world today, notes End Slavery Now. More than 4.5 million of those are victims of human sex trafficking.

Sources: Business Insider, The Independent, End Slavery Now / Photo Credit: TechCrunch/Flickr

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