Earlier this week, in his speech to congress, funny man Ashton Kutcher shed light on some serious issues that are clearly close to his heart. If you haven’t seen the footage yet it’s definitely going to give you a look into his softer side, who gave a heartfelt speech about child sexual abuse amongst other things.
“I’ve met victims in Russia, victims in India, victims who have been trafficked in Mexico… and all across our country. I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see. 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. And this child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play. We had received a call from the Department of Homeland Security, telling us that a seven-year-old girl had been abused and that content was being spread around the dark web. He’d been abused for three years and they’d watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator. Asking us for help,” Kutcher said, fighting back emotion.
“We were the last line of defence. An actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defence. That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it.”
Most know that Kutcher is a father of two with Mila Kunis, both of which are very young. The oldest is two years old, and the youngest is three months old. It’s no wonder that he takes such a heartfelt stance on this issue.
One in five victims of human trafficking are children, which is a pretty startling statistic. Obviously something has to be done. Programs need to be put in place to monitor for content of this kind, not only on the internet, but police also need better training and funding worldwide to help put an end to these horrific acts.
We need to do a better job of protecting our children from any predators, especially with kids becoming so dependent on the internet at younger ages.
Watch Kutcher’s speech below.
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