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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Out of the Shadows

A Memoir

by (author) Timea Nagy & Shannon Moroney

Doubleday Canada
Initial publish date
May 2019
Personal Memoirs, Organized Crime, Women
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    Publish Date
    May 2019
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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.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

* TIMEA NAGY is a human trafficking survivor, author, speaker and social advocate. She is the founder of Timea's Cause, a for-profit organization focused on assisting victims of human trafficking. Visit her at and
* SHANNON MORONEY is the bestselling author of Through the Glass, which chronicles her journey following the violent crimes and incarcera­tion of her first husband. Acknowledged in the top ten list of books at the World Empathy Library, it was also a Canada Reads Top 40 selection and is required reading at numerous universities. Shannon is an internationally recognized advocate of restorative justice, a powerful speaker, one of the "world's 50 most resilient people" (Global Resilience Project), a New York Times "Women in the World" recommended writer (2016) and is featured by the international Forgiveness Project. She travels extensively to lead transformative forgiveness and healing retreats for people and communities overcoming trauma. She lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Editorial Reviews

National Bestseller

"Out of the Shadows . . . takes a brutally honest look at Nagy's experience in the expansive yet largely hidden world of human trafficking while offering readers hope and information on how they can help in the fight against trafficking. . . . Out of the Shadows is a book filled with uncomfortable yet unforgettable anecdotes, keen insights and painful memories for Nagy . . . a compelling first-hand account of the murky world of human trafficking." —The Sarnia Observer

"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 of Run, Hide, Repeat
"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

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