You might think that being a successful actor with a beautiful wife and two adored children would make a man feel he has achieved plenty in life.
Ashton Kutcher is very proud of actor wife Mila Kunis, two-year-old daughter Wyatt and three-month-old son Dimitri, but it’s other people’s children that the star of That 70s Show and Two and a Half Men is going in to battle for on the world stage.
In 2008, Ashton and his former wife, actor Demi Moore, founded Thorn, a foundation that uses digital technology to fight human trafficking wherever it is happening.
The catalyst was a television feature he saw on sex trafficking in Cambodia. Suddenly being a TV and movie star wasn’t enough, and Ashton told qpolitical. com that he didn’t want to live in a world where these things happened without
trying to do something about them.
And so Thorn was born. It comprises more than 20 technology companies that lend their resources to monitor the dark corners of the internet. Since it was established, Thorn says it has identified and rescued more than 6,000 trafficking victims and captured 2,000 traffickers.
Raised in a Catholic family, Ashton began studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, before being spotted for modelling, which led to acting auditions and the successful film and television career he has enjoyed.
The 39-year-old recently made an emotional appearance at a US Senate hearing on modern slavery, urging legislators to drum up government support to develop new technology to fight online sex trafficking.
In a quivering voice he said that he had been on FBI raids where he had seen things nobody should ever see. “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,’ he said.
“My other day job is that of the father of two, and part of that job, that I take very seriously, is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to ensure a society and government that defends it as well,” he told the hearing.
Apart from his work with Thorn, Ashton has joined fellow film stars Carrie Underwood and Kristen Bell with the End It Movement, a coalition of world organisations that fight against modern-day slavery.
It is believed that more than 45 million men, women and children are currently trapped in various forms of slavery around the world. And while fighting modern-day slavery is Ashton’s current focus, he wants to do more.
“I’m going to make a pledge to eliminate the child pornographer from the internet,” he told qpolitical.com
Ashton Kutcher is one high-profilepersonality who reflects what the Bible asks us all to do.“And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah chapter 6, verse 8).
May we all be as brave as Ashton Kutcher in fighting injustice wherever we find it.