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In Ashton Kutcher’s latest role, he’s taking on child traffickers—in real life

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WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — Ashton Kutcher has come a long way since his acting days. The star of "Dude, Where’s My Car?" isn’t searching for his next big role. Instead, he’s been searching for lives to save.

In 2009, Kutcher and his ex-wife, Demi Moore, co-founded Thorn, an organization that takes aim at child sex trafficking. After a decade of work, according to its latest report, Thorn has identified nearly 5,800 child sex trafficking victims and rescued 103 children from situations where their sexual abuse was recorded and distributed.

Research from Kutcher’s organization also claims that more than 6,600 perpetrators have been disrupted and investigations involving child sex trafficking have sped up by 65 percent. The organization is able to do it because Thorn serves over 5,000 law enforcement officers in all 50 states and more than 18 countries.

Kutcher’s voice against sex trafficking extends beyond his organization. Kutcher testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee back in 2017. During his 15-minute testimony, the "That’s 70’s Show" actor called sex trafficking modern-day slavery, hoping to compel Congress to act against the crime.

Needless to say, Kutcher has transcended the fame that made him a household name and used his platform to help children and women across the globe.

Kutcher turns 41 on Thursday.

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