Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky

By Shyima Hall, Lisa Wysocky

An inspiring and compelling memoir from a tender girl who misplaced her early life to slavery—and outfitted a brand new lifestyles grounded in selection and justice.

Shyima corridor used to be born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the 7th baby of desperately negative mom and dad. whilst she was once 8, her mom and dad bought her into slavery. Shyima then moved hours away to Egypt’s capitol urban of Cairo to dwell with a filthy rich relatives and serve them eighteen hours an afternoon, seven days every week. whilst she was once ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. years later, an nameless name from a neighbor led to the tip of Shyima’s servitude—but her trip to precise freedom used to be faraway from over.

A volunteer at her neighborhood police division considering she was once undefined, Shyima is keen about assisting to rescue others who're in bondage. Now a US citizen, she on a regular basis speaks out approximately human trafficking and intends to at least one day develop into an immigration officer. In Hidden lady, Shyima candidly finds how she overcame her harrowing conditions and brings important expertise to a well timed and appropriate subject

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You don’t have to come if you really don’t want to,” I said unwillingly. “But I really wish you would. I need your support. The idea of dinner in some snooty restaurant with my new boss and his aristocratic wife is not exactly my idea of a jolly evening. ” “Don’t worry,” said Michael, squeezing my hand. “I won’t abandon you. I’ll put on a tie. I’ll charm the countess. I’ll eat everything on my plate. ” W arren assured me that we’d be safe at Le Cirque; he had not, he said, been there in years.

This was undoubtedly because there had never been anything natural about her to begin with. Claudia’s hair was dyed, her teeth were fake, and her body had always been trussed up in corsets. Even her snooty accent was made up. “At one time,” my mother used to say, “Claudia was actually born in the Bronx. ” Now she came swirling dramatically toward me in a cloud of jasmine perfume. “Sit down,” she said, pressing a finger into my chest. ” For such a tiny woman she was astonishingly strong, and I tumbled onto the bed.

I think it’s time for your next appointment,” he replied, ushering me to the door. Next up was Al Siegal, the much-dreaded arbiter of linguistic style. He turned out to be a thoughtful man of considerable girth. “Mr. Five by Five” played in my head as he said, “You’ve been very successful at the Los Angeles Times. You run your own department. ” I was surprised by my answer. Looking him straight in the eye, I said, “My mother died a year ago. ” He looked utterly shocked and a thrill ran through me.

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