The 39-year-old actor testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Wednesday titled "Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success," due to his experience with his tech organization, Thorn, which focuses on fighting child sexual exploitation. Arizona senator John McCain later thanked Kutcher for attending, and joked that the actor was "better looking in the movies."
Kutcher had the perfect reaction, smiling and blowing a kiss at 80-year-old McCain.
Kutcher and his ex-wife, Demi Moore, founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children in 2009. The organization focuses on internet technology, and the role it plays in facilitating sexual slavery of children on a global scale. During his heartfelt testimony, Kutcher talked about his efforts with the group.
"Now this is about the time, when I start talking about politics, that the internet trolls tell me to stick to my day job," he acknowledged. "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."
"My other day job is that of a father of two -- a 2-month-old and a 2-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 a society and government that defends it as well," he added, referencing his two children with wife Mila Kunis -- daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri.
The former That '70s Show actor also got emotional when talking about his firsthand experience with victims.
"As part of my anti-trafficking work, I've met victims in Russia, I've met victims in India, I've met victims who have been trafficked from Mexico, victims in New York, in New Jersey and all across our country," Kutcher shared. "I've seen video content of a child that is 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."
Kutcher later explained the strides Thorn has been making in using technology to combat child sexual exploitation, including his personal work with the senator's McCain Institute. The two collaborated on software called Spotlight, which is a tool that can be used by law enforcement to prioritize their caseload.
"In six months, with 25 percent of our users reporting, we've identified over 6,000 trafficking victims, 2,000 of which are minors," Kutcher proudly said, calling McCain a "hero."