Ashton Kutcher delivered a powerful speech on Wednesday that was far outside the Hollywood realm in his latest role:
Witness at a Senate hearing titled entitled, "Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success."
The chairman and co-founder of Thorn took a break from his current film to give his testimony. According to the organization's website, the partners "across the tech industry, government and NGOs and leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children."
"This is the time the internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job. Let me tell you about my day job," he said before explaining the work of Thorn to the committee.
Kutcher said he has seen victims of human trafficking in Russia, India, Mexico, New York and New Jersey.
"I'm here today to defend the right to pursue happiness," Kutcher said. "It's a simple notion, the right to pursue happiness. It's bestowed upon all of us by our Constitution... and I believe that it is incumbent upon us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others upon each other and on the rest of the world."
"But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away," the 39-year-old actor continued with tears in his eyes. "It's raped. It's abused. It's taken by force, fraud or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another."
"I've seen things that no person should ever see," he said about going along on FBI raids.
To make a more powerful point, he added, "My other day job is I'm the father of two."
"I've seen video content of a child that is the same age as mine being raped by an American man," Kutcher said. "She thought she was engaging in play."
He couldn't hold back the tears, adding, "That's my day job and I'm sticking to it."
You can watch his testimony in the video below: