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Dame Emma Thompson

Season 1, Ep. 3

Today, we're joined by one of the U.K's most celebrated actresses, Dame Emma Thompson. Activism has been a key component of her career off-screen, so we wanted to hear about her extensive work in fighting trafficking and modern slavery.

From finding out a friend was kept prisoner in a local massage parlour to adopting a survivor of child slavery, join us for some incredible stories and lessons she's learned along the way.

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