Human Traffic Watch

Immigration changes should help curb human trafficking 15

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on July 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

When Timea Nagy answered an ad in a Budapest newspaper, she thought she was coming to Toronto to work as a nanny for the summer.

Instead, when the 19-year-old was picked up by three burly men awaiting her at Pearson Airport, she was told she now owed $3,000 for her travel expenses and would have to pay them back by working as a stripper and sex worker. “I freaked out. I wanted to go home,” she recalled.

But that wasn’t an option. The men told her that if she didn’t pay off her debt to them, they’d kill her family back in Hungary.

The terrified young woman soon learned that she was not the only one who had been misled into the sex trade. Like her, hundreds were being brought into Canada from abroad under the temporary visa for exotic dancers which allowed owners to staff their clubs, with many of these girls not knowing what really awaited them. “They took me to this motel in Etobicoke and there were 130 women from Eastern Europe all in the same boat,” recalls Nagy, 35.

During her three months as their sex slave, she was raped and threatened with death until she finally managed to escape.

Source: Toronto Sun

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