WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Feb 16, 2017, 07.21 AM
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher on Wednesday went to Washington, DC, to testify before Congress about modern slavery during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting.
Kutcher gave a passionate speech on child trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. “The right to pursue happiness, for so many, is stripped away; it’s raped; it’s abused. It’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another,” he said.
Kutcher acknowledged that internet trolls tell him to “stick to his day job”, and not talk about politics. He then went on to clarify what his day job was.
He said his day job was being the chairman and co-founder of Thorn, an organisation that builds software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.
He added that as part of his “day job” he’s met trafficking victims in Russia, India, and he's also met victims trafficked from Mexico."I've been on FBI raids where I've seen things that no person should ever see," he said.
It's not just my job, it's my duty to the global community. Everyone has the right to pursue happiness. https://t.co/kMJK1SyN6R
Kutcher choked up a few times while describing a video in which he saw a child the same age as his own being raped by an American man in Cambodia. The 39-year-old actor is a father of two -- a 2-month-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.