At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Wednesday morning, Senate members and civilian advocates came together to discuss how we can end modern slavery in the United States, and more specifically sex trafficking of minors. As the chairman and co-founder of Thorn, an anti-human trafficking organization, Ashton Kutcher was there to talk about how we can use technology to end modern slavery.
In a 16-minute speech, which you can watch above in full, Kutcher talks passionately about the subject, explaining why it's so important, now more than ever, to work together to end the exploitation of young children. "My day job is [being] the Chairman and co-founder of Thorn. We build software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children," he explained to the Committee. "That's our core mission. My other day job is that of the father of two—a two-month-old and a two-year-old."
"As part of that job that I take very seriously, I believe that it is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to ensure a society and government that defends it as well," he further explained. "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. I've met victims in 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."
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He then went on to detail some of the horrific things he's witnessed during his time working for this cause, and told the story of a 15-year-old girl from Oklahoma who was tricked into a sex trafficking ring, and was rescued thanks to technology developed by Thorn.
Watch the full video above for Kutcher's moving speech, and to get educated on this important and relevant issue.