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Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave

posted Nov 10, 2014, 1:35 PM by

While many are aware of the atrocities that occur involving children overseas, few people realize that many terrible situations involving minors occur in the United States as well.  Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave tells the story of a young girl sold into slavery at the age of eight.  Details from the book's jacket are below.  

"One of eleven children, Shyima lived with her family in poverty in Egypt. When an older sister, a domestic servant in Cairo, was dismissed from her job for stealing, Shyima's parents made a deal with her sister's employers. In order to repay the debt, Shyima would take her sister's place. 

This began Shyima's life as a slave.  Her captors, a wealthy couple, referred to Shyima only as 'stupid girl' and forced her to wait hand and foot on their family. Any money she was paid for her work went directly to her parents, with whom she had very little contact. Two years into her bondage, on August 3, 2000, Shyima's captors moved to the United States, and illegally trafficked Shyima in with them. 

Modern-day slavery is a painful reality for thousands of adults and children in the world--and in the United States. This is Shyima's harrowing story of life as a child slave, and her long, inspiring road to freedom." 

Hall, Shyima, and Lisa Wysocky. Jacket BlurbHidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-day Child Slave. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2014. 1-232. Print.