Human trafficking survivor, author, speaker and social advocate, Timea Nagy, immigrated to Canada in 1998. Her nightmare unfolded in Toronto in that same year after arriving from Budapest, Hungary in the hopes of finding meaningful employment. The daughter of a Hungarian police woman, Timea was held hostage (FOR THREE TERRIFYING MONTHS) at the hands of traffickers, forced to work in the sex industry. Thankfully, she escaped and started life anew. Ten years later, Ms. Nagy founded ‘Walk with Me’, a non-profit organization to assist victims of human trafficking and law enforcement agencies. Between 2009 and 2015, her organization helped over 300 victims and over 500 human trafficking-related investigations throughout Canada. In fact, Ms. Nagy played a key role in Canada’s largest human trafficking investigation led by the Canadian Federal Police (RCMP Niagara Falls Detachment) known as project OPAPA. Ms. Nagy provided training to numerous agencies in Canada, the U.S. and Europe – reaching over 10,000 law enforcement officers within sex crime units, the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Ms. Nagy is the first Survivor of Human Trafficking to train banks and financial institutions on HT detection through transactions. Ms. Nagy has presented and trained over 1500 American and Canadian Financial institutions during the 2015-2016 Framlx Tour. Ms. Nagy also played a crucial rule regarding a Canadian National Financial Human Trafficking Task force called Project Protect.
Ms. Nagy’s journey was chronicled at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in the Turning Point Exhibition in 2014, and her many acknowledgments for outstanding service include: Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the International Freedom Award by Free the Slaves and just this summer she was rewarded with Canada’s highest honor by the Governor of General himself, with a Meritorious Service Medal for her efforts to combat Human Trafficking in Canada.