Ashton Kutcher testified yesterday at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, D.C. in a bid to end modern slavery and human sex trafficking.
The hearing kicked off with Senator John McCain joking that Kutcher looked better "in the movies." Kutcher responded with a wide grin and then blew the senator a kiss.
- The mood soon turned serious though, as Kutcher began to passionately lay out the reason he appeared before the members of the committee.
- During his testimony, the actor choked back tears, explaining some of his experiences: "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. This child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play."
- He added: "The right to pursue [happiness] is every man’s right. I beg of you that if you give people the right to pursue, what you may find in return is happiness for yourself."
- Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit that builds technology to fight the sexual exploitation of children.