Ashton Kutcher Anti-trafficking Foundation


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[Ashton Kutcher Anti-trafficking Foundation]

[Ashton Kutcher:] Source:
Thank you, uh… it’s an honor to be here. As a young man raised and brought up in the public school system, I pledged my allegiance to that flag every single day.

And the honor – maybe one of the greatest honors of my life today is to be here and leverage the work that I’ve done as testimony that may in some way benefit this nation that I love.

I like to start by saying thank you Chairman [Sen. Bob] Corker for your leadership in this endeavor and to Senator [Ben] Cardin your leadership has been extraordinary and I’d like to also say to the rest of the Committee that has supported this effort – this bipartisan effort in a country that is riddled with bipartisan separation on so many things, slavery seems to come up as one of these issues that we can all agree upon and I applaud you for your agreement and I believe in you and your leadership and your ability to takes us out of it.

[Ashton Kutcher:] Source:
I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion: ‘the right to pursue happiness,’. “It’s bestowed upon all of us by our constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it. And I believe that it is incumbent on us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others, upon each other, and upon the rest of the world.

But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away – it’s raped, it’s abused, it’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.

Now this is about the time when I start talking about politics that the Internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job. So, I’d like to talk about my day job.

My day job is as The Chairman and the co-founder of Thorn. We built software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children and that’s our core mission – and my other day job is that of the father of two – a two month old and a two-year-old. And as part of that job that I take very seriously, I believe that it is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to ensure society and government that defends it as well.

As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve meet 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.

I’ve been on the other end of the phone call for 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 around the dark web and she’d been being abused and they’d watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator. Asking us for help.

[Ashton Kutcher:] Source:
We were the last line of defense, an actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defense.

That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it.

I’d like to tell you a story about a 15 year old girl in Oakland, let’s call her Amy. Amy met a man online, starting talking to him, a short while later they met in person. Within hours Amy was abused, raped and forced into trafficking. She was sold for sex, and this isn’t an isolated incident, there’s not much that’s unusual about it. The only unusual thing is that Amy was found and returned to her family within three days – using the software that we created. I tool called Spotlight’ and in an effort to protect its capacity over time – I won’t give much detail about what it does – but it’s a tool that can be used by law enforcement to prioritize their caseload.

It’s a neuronet. It gets smarter over time, it gets better and it gets more efficient as people use it. And it’s working.

In six months, with 25% 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%.

This tool is effective, efficient, it is nimble. It is better. It is smarter.

Now there is often a misconception about technology that in some way it is the generator of some evil. That’s it’s creating job displacement that it enables violence and malice acts but as an entrepreneur and as a venture capitalist in the technology field – I see technology as simply a tool – a tool without will – the will is the user of that technology and I think it’s an important distinction – an airplane is a tool – is a piece of technology – under the right hands it is used for mass global transit but under the wrong hands it can be flown into buildings.

Technology can be used to enable slavery, but it can also be used to disable slavery – and that’s what we’re doing. […] Please help with the end of the transcript.

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