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

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Robin Eller

7 Hours 0 Minutes

Tantor Media

June 2014

Audio Book Summary

Shyima Hall was born in Egypt on September 29, 1989, the seventh child of desperately poor parents. When she was eight, her parents sold her into slavery. Shyima then moved two hours away to Egypt's capitol city of Cairo to live with a wealthy family and serve them eighteen hours a day, seven days a week. When she was ten, her captors moved to Orange County, California, and smuggled Shyima with them. Two years later, an anonymous call from a neighbor brought about the end of Shyima's servitude-but her journey to true freedom was far from over.

A volunteer at her local police department since she was a teenager, Shyima is passionate about helping to rescue others who are in bondage. Now a U.S. citizen, she regularly speaks out about human trafficking and intends to one day become an immigration officer. In Hidden Girl, Shyima candidly reveals how she overcame her harrowing circumstances and brings vital awareness to a timely and relevant topic.

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  • Patty H

    Amazing what the human spirit can endure, worth the read!

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  • Risikat A

    Very good read. I finished it in just a few days because it drew me in so much.

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  • Jeff G.

    Great book and opens your eyes to some difficult things in life.

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  • ERIN C.

    Truly amazing

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  • Anonymous

    I really believe that this really happens all over the world. I‘be had heard about this happening many years ago. When I was at one time in Mexico, I seen children scared and with rags and whole shoes cleaning the front of stores. I had stopped there and was trying to talk to them. They wouldn’t answer me when the man or woman working the store. When they did they had asked for for help. I had thought that they needed someone to help move a stand outside the store in order to sweep and was the sidewalk. They were looking over to see if they were being watched because they needed to run from there. I never thought of anything like this happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Good book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Gave a very real look into the inside life of a child slave snuck into the US from Egypt, and the importance of ICE and border security in breaking the problem. It also is a inspiration to see what one can overcome in the face of such hardship.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting story, but narration was painfully monotonous at times almost sounding computer generated.

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  • Anonymous

    The story is short and repetitive. It would have helped to outline it better before writing it down because the same feelings and memories were repeated many times in a way that made it seem like she never mentioned it before. I grew weary with the repetition. However, it was enlightening. Human trafficking is a scary fact of life. Also, it showcased how the foster system can fail miserably. That makes me sad.

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  • Roger C.

    could not listen to it all the dreary monotone got onmynerves

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting story but the detail was a little basic and the writing a little stilted. Fascinating to hear how she made a life after slavery.

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