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Ashton Kutcher gave a moving speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about ending sex slavery on Wednesday.

“This is about the time, when I talk about politics, that the Internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job,” the actor said. “I’d like to talk about my day job. My day job is the chairman and the co-founder of Thorn. We built software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. My other day job is that of the father of two, a 2-month old and 2-year-old.”

Kutcher, 39, shares daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri with wife Mila Kunis.

He then described joining the FBI in raids in India, Russia, Mexico and stateside in New Jersey and New York.

“I’ve seen things that no person should ever see,” he said, tearing up. “I’ve seen video content of a child that is 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.”

               Ashton Kutcher chokes up.

He continued, “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 on the Dark Web … They’d watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator, [and were] asking us for help. We were the last line of defense. An actor and his foundation were the last line of defense.”

“I had to say no and it devastated me, it haunted me,” Kutcher said, choking up again. “For the next three months I had to go to sleep every night and think about that little girl that was being abused and the fact that if I built the right thing, we could have saved her. Now, if I got that phone call, the answer would be yes.”

He then recalled the story of “Amy,” a 15-year-old girl from Oakland, Calif., who was forced into trafficking within hours of meeting a man in person she’d first talked to online. “This isn’t an isolated incident. There’s not much that’s unusual about it,” Kutcher said. “The only unusual thing is that ‘Amy’ was found and returned to her family within three days using a tool we created … called Spotlight.”

Kutcher said the tool aids police in cutting investigation time by 60 percent, adding, “That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it.”

It wasn’t all heavy: Kutcher and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had a lighthearted moment after his speech. “You were better looking in the movies,” McCain said.

Kutcher, blowing McCain, 80, a kiss, replied, “My wife says that, too.

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Lin
2017-02-15 15:46:34
That human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children have been under wraps for so long goes to show that the rich and the powerful are involved. Hats off to the tireless activism by people like Ashton Kutcher, the world is slowly opening its eyes. Slowly but surely. #StopHumanTrafficking Expose #Pedogate
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Janice Grider
2017-02-15 16:06:45
HOW CAN I HELP? I'M A 63 YR OLD GRANDMA WITH A LOT IIF TIME ON MY HANDS. PUT ME TO WORK! I LIVE 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF INDIANAPOLIS.
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Judy
2017-02-15 16:41:52
I'm a Gma too. I think being aware of what is around you. I have heard of people reporting houses with lots of traffic. Truck drivers on reporting motels too. Educate all of the young people you can.
Hannah
2017-02-15 17:48:39
Janice- if you go to the OUR site you can sign up and fill out a volunteer form, there is a group in Indianapolis. Hope that helps! Hannah
Kristin
2017-02-16 09:07:04
Janice, if you can afford to donate money to Operation Underground Railroad, they will use the funds to fight the sexual trafficking of children. If you go to their website there's a way to donate a small amount each month on your credit card even if it's just five dollars or $60 a year it will be a great help!
Kriste
2017-02-17 20:23:18
Get in touch with O.U.R. Operation Underground Railroad.
DJ Cox
2017-02-15 18:10:31
I'm in CT. How can I volunteer?
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Kristin
2017-02-16 09:08:18
DJ, if you can afford to donate money to Operation Underground Railroad, they will use the funds to fight the sexual trafficking of children. If you go to their website there's a way to donate a small amount each month on your credit card even if it's just five dollars ($60 a year)-- it will be a great help!
Flores Clampitt
2017-02-15 19:11:17
I want to volunteer help in any way I can. Please email me information
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Flores Clampitt
2017-02-15 19:11:58
I want to volunteer help in any way I can to protect innocent children!
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Flor Clampitt
2017-02-15 19:16:09
I live in Orange County and I can volunteer to help protect innocent children. Please send me information. People need to be more educated about human trafficking since it's happening everywhere.
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N
2017-02-16 05:16:35
I live in Hong Kong. How can I help?
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Kristin
2017-02-16 09:08:50
N, if you can afford to donate money to Operation Underground Railroad, they will use the funds to fight the sexual trafficking of children. If you go to their website there's a way to donate a small amount each month on your credit card even if it's just five dollars ($60 a year)-- it will be a great help!
Jeanette Johnson
2017-02-16 05:23:20
https://www.facebook.com/ACompass4Her/ Compass Ministries is in the process of purchasing a safe house for victims of trafficking. Please follow our page for information on how you can make a difference in these women's lives.
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Tracy
2017-02-16 05:45:22
One very important thing we can all do is very easy. When you travel, take photos of your hotel room, from several angles. Email them with the location to OUR. This will be added to their files and when they are trying to locate girls who are being held, from videos, they can more easily pinpoint the location from their library of photos.
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Kassandra
2017-02-21 08:02:54
What a great idea.
Mckayla Smith
2017-02-16 10:28:59
I would of never guessed Ashton to be involved. What a great invention. Hats off to you and your team. Thank you for caring so much.
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Brian
2017-02-20 04:38:26
Ladies and Gentlemen. The past few years, my daughter and I have been involved in a non-profit organization that deals with children that are being sexually exploited. I have learned so much in working with her and some of the facts are heartbreaking. For example, the largest venue in America for sex trafficking is the Super Bowl. Another place we need to police are truck stops. Young children are brought into truck stops in vans and are used and abused and sometimes taken across state lines. Interstate 80 is strewn with children being abused. Donating money is a wonderful thing, please just do some homework on where you are sending your money. I suggest you also get involved with some institutions or non profit's in your area, and if there are none in your area reach out to some other cities and see if you can set up a chapter in your town, or just get involved and get the word out. It was just so discouraging to me when we were doing this, the people had no interest in what we were saying, what we were doing. We have become so desensitized and we live in our own little worlds we don't see what's happening right in our own back yards. I take my hat off to all of you that want to help. God Bless.
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