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Ashton Kutcher Alert: LAPD to Screen Sex Trafficking Documentary

Paparazzi should be on alert. Because this is the kind of thing we think Ashton Kutcher -- adamant in his disgust over sex trafficking -- would really want to check out.

The LAPD, strangely, is trumpeting a screening of a sex trafficking documentary called FLESH, Bought & Sold in the U.S. "Strangely" because, according to the department, some of the footage was captured right here in L.A.

You would think that crime fighters wouldn't be too happy about an expose of crime in your town. But there it is. The LAPD:

... Cameras captured commercial sex workers on the streets of Los Angeles and revealed the heartbreaking reality of "The Game" as described by current and former pimps. Even more compelling are the stories of former sex workers who tell of the atrocious ways they were enslaved physically and psychologically. Women tell their moving stories of being trafficked in the U.S. and how they escaped.

Well, to be fair, the footage was apparently captured during a ride-along with the LAPD's "Detective Support and Vice Division."

The screening Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at LAPD Deaton Hall Auditorium downtown will highlight the exploitation women working as prostitutes, who enter the business at the average age of 13, according to the department.

The U.S. Attorney in L.A., André Birotte, will be there, and so will a sex trafficking survivor named Wendy, according to the LAPD.

The department wants cops to take notes, too:

... The film will prove beneficial to law enforcement in identifying and rescuing victims of modern-day slavery and increase the potential of prosecuting those who profit from human trafficking.

The FBI is co-hosting the screening, so they'll be plenty of protection for concerned celebs.

If you want to go, Ashton, the LAPD is asking that you RSVP with the department.

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