While he’s best known for making people laugh, actor Ashton Kutcher appeared close to tears on Wednesday when speaking about child sex trafficking at a Washington Senate Committee.
“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,” the father-of-two said choking up. “And this child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”
The 39-year old appeared at the Foreign Relations hearing committee on Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success, testifying on behalf of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, the anti-trafficking organisation he co-founded in 2009.
During his 15-minute-long testimony, Kutcher also said, "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 seven-year-old girl was being sexually abused and that content was being spread around the dark web, and she had been being abused and they'd watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator, asking us for help."
"We were the last line of defence - an actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defence," he said.