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Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson stars in an unsettling new PSA aimed at driving legislation to fight human trafficking.
Shot by Quiet Storm's Steven Sander in collaboration with The Body Shop and the Helen Bamber Foundation, the viral shows Thompson from the view of her assailant as she is subjected to forcible, rough sex. Throughout the spot, she relates two sets of memories, those of Elena, a good girl full of hope and optimism toward the future and those of Maria, a numbed prostitute who is often forced into as many as 40 sex acts daily. As the film finishes, Thompson reveals Maria and Elena are the same—a before and after snapshot at a life destroyed.