Ashton Kutcher's organisation identifies 2,000 child victims of trafficking in six months
Ashton Kutcher's organization has identified 2,000 child victims of trafficking in the past six months.
The organization founded by Ashton called "Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children" builds software to fight human trafficking.
The actor gave an emotional speech before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery on Wednesday.
Kutcher said, "I've met victims in Russia, I've met victims in India, I've met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico, victims from New York and New Jersey 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."
"It's working. In six months, with 25 per cent of our users reporting, we've identified over 6,000 trafficking victims, 2,000 of which are minors. This tool has enhanced 4,000 law enforcement officials in 900 agencies. And we're reducing the investigation time by 60 percent," he said, of a software tool called 'Spotlight'.
An estimated more than 20 million people are believed to be in slavery across the world today. More than 4.5 million of those are victims of human sex trafficking, End Slavery Now added in its report.