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Out of the Shadows: A Memoir

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"Out of the Shadows is a story of survival in the face of unimaginable circumstances. In a voice that is heartbreakingly innocent and honest, Timea Nagy inspires us to recognize the strength of purpose and resilience, and redemption."

–Jackie Kai Ellis, bestselling author of The Measure of My Powers

"Out of the Shadows is the story of one young woman, but it bravely bears witness to the suffering of thousands who are victims of human trafficking. Our societies have the habit of blaming the victims of sexual violence and exploitation. This book vividly illustrates that the victims of this heinous crime are our daughters and sisters, innocent women who, through intimidation, violence, and deceit, are dragged into a complex web woven by organized crime. This is a timely and important book. Read it."

–Marina Nemat, Author of Prisoner of Tehran

"Timea Nagy's harrowing story deeply reports the ugliness of human trafficking. But it's ultimately a remarkable tale of survival and resilience, with lessons for a country that considers itself to be a safe place for immigrants."

–Pauline Dakin, bestselling author ofRun, Hide, Repeat

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Doubleday (Penguin Random House) Canada & USA  2019

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 and written by bestselling author Shannon Moroney. At once tragic and powerfully redemptive, Timea Nagy's story will stay with you long after you've read the last page.