On Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher choked up as he went into detail of how he witnessed an actual child being rape via dark web content. His main objective was to explain to senators how technology could be instrumental in ending sex trafficking. He also sought for more funding for agencies utilizing the software from an organization he founded that seeks to end human trafficking.
Ashton Kutcher Online Sex Trafficking Testimony
The video of Kutcher speaking on Capitol Hill immediately went viral. In the video, the actor gave a passionate speech that at some point got his voice cracking. He spoke about the irony of being called “just an actor” when his company, Thorn, was the last line of defense called to track down a child trafficking case. At the end, he schooled government officials on the importance of good technology in battling the bad technology utilized by people who post content on the dark web.
Many may not have known but Kutcher is a founder of a software company called Thorn that has the mission to end modern day slavery. Many intelligence companies have already subscribed and used a beta version of Thorn’s software. The software can cut down investigation time from years to months, even down to weeks. He ultimately asked for senators to consider funding agencies that investigate human trafficking in order to have enough money to subscribe for the software. The senators wanted to hear his speech in order to understand the importance of such technology in order to unmask traffickers.
Ashton Kutcher Online Sex Trafficking Testimony Full Transcript
“It is about the time that when I started talking about politics and the internet trolls tells me to stick to my day job. And so, I would like to talk about my day job.”
“My day job is as the chairman and the co-founder of Thorn. We build software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. And that’s our core mission. My other day job is that of the father of two – a two-month-old and a 2-year-old. And 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.”
As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims from Russia, I’ve met victims in India, I’ve met victims that’ve been trafficked in Mexico. Victims in New York, in New Jersey and all across the country. I’ve been in FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see. I’ve seen video content of a child as the same age as mine, being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. The kid was so conditioned of her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”
“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 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 defense – an actor – and his foundation were the potential last line of defense. That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it.”