Actor Ashton Kutcher, seen here at an event in Los Angeles in 2013, testified before a US Senate committee at a hearing on ending sex trafficking.
When actor Ashton Kutcher appeared in the U.S. Senate chamber on Wednesday morning, the hearing started lightheartedly enough. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) joked that the star of a number of romantic comedies is “better looking in the movies.”
However, the situation took a more serious turn as Kutcher began talking about his organization, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an advoccacy group that combats the sexual exploitation of children.
Kutcher is the father of two young children with actress Mila Kunis.
In emotional testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kutcher described one young victim in Asia.
“I’ve seen video content of a child that’s the same age as mine being raped by an American man who was a sex tourist in Cambodia, and this child was so conditioned to her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”