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Out of the shadows : a memoir
2019
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Summary
An unforgettable story of an ordinary woman in astonishing circumstances who defies the odds.

Timea Nagy was twenty years old when she answered a newspaper ad in Budapest, Hungary, calling for young women to work as babysitters and housekeepers in Canada. Hired by what seemed like a legitimate recruitment agency, Timea left her home believing she would earn good money to send back to her family. What she didn't know was that she'd been lured by a ring of international human traffickers--and her life would never again be the same.

Upon her arrival in Toronto, she was forced into sex labour in some of the city's seediest nightclubs, starved and controlled by her agents, and brainwashed to believe she was to blame for her situation. The only way she'd be free was when her debt was paid--but, no matter how hard she worked, that debt seemed only to go up, not down.

Out of the Shadows is a gripping, heartbreaking and eye-opening journey deep into the underworld of human trafficking and the sex trade, told in riveting detail by one brave survivor. At once tragic and powerfully redemptive, Timea Nagy's story will stay with you long after you've read the last page.
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Table of Contents
A Note from the Authorsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Part ILuredp. 7
1A Way Outp. 9
2The Borderp. 23
3Befriendedp. 35
4Interrogationp. 43
5First Nightp. 56
6Orientationp. 66
7Accountingp. 73
8Girl for Salep. 80
Part IICaughtp. 95
9Trainingp. 97
10New Identityp. 111
11Rules of the Gamep. 120
12A Day Offp. 131
13A Threatening Routinep. 139
14The Massage Parlourp. 153
15Fantasiap. 161
16Unravellingp. 173
17Upstairs and Outsidep. 190
18Bustedp. 198
Part IIIEscapep. 205
19Alliesp. 207
20Making a Planp. 217
21Disappearingp. 224
22Running for Itp. 232
23Betrayalp. 241
24Trappedp. 255
25Searching for Safetyp. 265
Part IVFreedomp. 271
26Getting Helpp. 273
27Stepping Forwardp. 283
28Striving for Justicep. 291
29Saving Myselfp. 306
30Saving Othersp. 313
Epilogue: Into the Lightp. 327
Acknowledgementsp. 337
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