Ashton Kutcher close to tears during child abuse testimony
American actor and human rights campaigner Ashton Kutcher has given an impassioned testimony about efforts to stop child sexual exploitation at a senate hearing in Washington DC.
Kutcher, who is the co-founder of a charity called ‘Thorn’ which fights child abuse and trafficking using advanced technology, spoke about his first-hand experience of trying to help victims from around the world.
He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, titled ‘Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success’, that he had met victims from Russia, India, Mexico and all across the US.
Kutcher added that he had been on FBI raids and “seen things that no person should ever see”.
The actor and philanthropist said he was speaking on the issue because he believes every child has “the right to pursue happiness”.
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