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

Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child SlaveHidden Girl by Shyima Hall
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: January 21st 2014
Pages: 240
Genres: Non-fiction
Recommended For: 7th grade & up


Shyima Hall was only 8 years old when her older sister dishonored the family by stealing money from her employer. Her poor family couldn’t pay off the debt, so they sold her to the wealthy family forcing her to work off the debt. She was immediately thrown into a life that consistent of long hours of cleaning and serving the family. When she was 10, the wealthy family moved to Orange County, CA and smuggled Shyima with them. Now the only family servant, her long days became even longer.

For two more years, Shyima was treated as if she was nothing..a “stupid girl” and was barely given the necessities of life. Of course, being freed didn’t mean her journey was over. Having never been to school, Shyima needed to learn everything in a language that wasn’t her own. Not to mention, being moved from one foster home to another in search of the right family–and perhaps forever home. While Shyima’s life was far from easy, she is passionate about speaking up and teaching others about human trafficking in hopes to rescue other who are in bondage. This eye-opening story will get you a first-hand look into the horrible world of child slavery.



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