Think Human Trafficking only happens in Brazil or India or Africa…think again.
Yes, my title is controversial. But honestly, this is what many people think.
“Starvation only happens in Africa/India/China”
“Human trafficking of sex slaves only happens in Brazil, Philippines, India”
But of course, this isn’t true. Recently I started asking my colleagues in Christian circles about organizations that are putting the spotlight on the serious problem of human trafficking in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Unfortunately I found an organization that is helping victims, and I found out a little more than I wanted to.
An organization called Walk-With-Me was started by a young Hungarian woman with hopes and dreams, who was trafficked from Hungary to Toronto when she was only 20 years old.
On April 18, 1998, Timea arrived at Terminal 3 in the Pearson International Airport.
After being told that she would be working as a housekeeper, nanny or nightclub dancer, instead Timea was stripped of her identification, and told that in fact she would be working as an exotic dancer.
Here starts the journey of an immigrant sex slave.
Timea was forced to work as a sex slave in Toronto, Canada for the following 3 months including numerous occasions of sexual assault at her employers hands as well as a Canadian agent - a living nightmare.
(quotations taken from www.walk-with-me.org)
After getting out of this situation, 12 years later, Timea decided to give back to the community and to educate Canadians on this terrible crime.
Today Timea counsels sex slave victims and educates the police in various Ontario regions on how to identify victims of human trafficking. She also gives guest talks to young people and adults so that her story will help others avoid this nightmare.
On Saturday, June 19th at 11am @ St. Bonaventure Church in the Parish Hall Timea Nagy is coming to share her story with us and to educate youth and young adults about how not to get involved in dangerous situations.
God bless you all. Please pray for the victims of human trafficking and their captors (even evil people can change their ways and their hearts can be transformed with God’s help).
Human Trafficking Prayer (www.franciscansinternational.org)
Lord of freedom and love, we are saddened to know that more than one million people are trafficked into slavery each year.
Fill us with the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with the victims so that we may all enjoy the freedoms and rights which have their source in your Son and our Lord Jesus Christ.