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By Diamond Bridges
Ashton Kutcher proved that he is more than just an actor, as he advocated against sex trafficking in front of Senate on February 15th.
For those of you who are just tuning in and have no clue who Ashton Kutcher is, Kutcher is an actor, best known for his role as the air-headed Michael Kelso on “That ‘70s Show”. Still unsure? He was the host of the old television series on MTV called “Punk’d”and also acted in shows such as “Two and a Half Men.”But recently Kutcher shows a different side of himself apart from the self-absorbed and idiotic character he tends to portray.
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Kutcher stands in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss a serious matter that isn’t a new concept in the U.S. but fails to get enough recognition in the public eye. Kutcher is the co-founder of the organization, Thorn, whose mission is to fight against child sexual exploitation, such as sex trafficking and child pornography. He brings up that there’s not enough resources to help fight against sex trafficking. Kutcher sheds light to the fact that traffickers use the internet to exploit children and commit crimes. In 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found 22 million of suspected child sexual abuse images and videos.
According to the website, humantraffickinghotline.org, 327 cases of human trafficking was reported in New York as Dec. 2016. This issue isn’t discussed a lot out in the public and usually gets swept under the rug. But I am impressed to see an actor like Ashton Kutcher is bringing limelight to this issue of sex and human trafficking.
Personally this is really surprising to me that an actor like Ashton Kutcher is passionate on such an undermined issue like sex trafficking. Usually, I feel like a lot of celebrities only discuss issues that are well-known or very recent in the headlines, in order to boost their reputation. But sex and human trafficking isn’t something brand new to world. It’s been around since ancient times as far as the 1400s and especially during slavery.
Kutcher receives comments telling him to focus on his “day job,” which he backfired with his “day job” being the chairman of Thorn and a father to his kids. I applaud Kutcher for being able to stand up in front of Senate and haters, to proudly say that he is an advocate of an underlying issue, in not only the United States, but the whole world.
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