Timea Nagy, human trafficking survivor and founder of Walk With Me, an organization that provides aftercare to victims of trafficking in Ontario, regularly trains law enforcement on the issue of human trafficking. She recently gave me permission to share this story on my blog. In her words:
“I was speaking yesterday in Simcoe for a mixed audience of social workers and police officers. One police officer came up to me at the end and couldn’t hide his tears. He said he remembered me…He was working around the motel where I was kept in 1998, they were doing a lot of drug arrests. He said he remembered my group, and remembered me. He saw me with my traffickers leaving the motel every day….he was constantly clearing his tears, and he said, ‘if I only knew what you were going through at the time… I am really sorry I couldn’t be the one to save you.'”
Below is a picture of the moment he said this to Timea:
For those of you who are police officers, be encouraged. Though human trafficking has been going on for a long time, only now awareness is spreading far enough for you to get equipped and trained to deal with it. Regardless of what you may have missed in the past, you are now in a unique position to find victims and spot traffickers. I cannot thank you enough for your efforts.
I am grateful that this police officer had the courage to share his heart with Timea. I can only imagine how hard that must have been, but how much relief he must feel today. I feel so blessed to live in a country that is taking this issue seriously, and that there are many in law enforcement who have both compassion and courage on the front lines.