Content Warning: This episode contains descriptions of abuse and human trafficking.
Timea Nagy was 20 years old and hoping to escape a childhood of trauma and abuse. She answered a newspaper ad in Budapest, Hungary, calling for young women to work as babysitters and housekeepers in Canada. On the flight over, her dreams were big, and her hopes soared. But from the moment she landed in Canada, her story went from bad to worse. The ad was a front for international human traffickers.
The abductors took her passport, and with no command of the English or French language, Timea was a prisoner forced to be a stripper and prostitute.
Timea first shared her story through the Salvation Army campaign The Truth Isn’t Sexy.
In this episode, she talks about how she escaped and moved back to Hungary, only to be raped by the authorities and targeted by the Mafia. Timea returned to Canada and has since worked tirelessly to help human trafficking survivors, and she consults with the RCMP and other police organizations to fight trafficking.
Caroline Tutakiewicz, named as one of Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and Senior Director, Fraud & Security Risk Oversight at RBC, joins the show. We talk about her work with the Survivor Inclusive Initiative to support and help people like Timea Nagy who are backed into a horrific corner with no way out.
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