Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Shyima Hall represents a pillar of bravery and the power to overcome. I read this book because the fight against human trafficking is near to my heart and I wanted to support her efforts to get the word out to the public that this could be happening in your back yard and signs to look for.
Sold into slavery as a child in Egypt, Shyima was then illegally moved to the US and lived with her captors in Orange County, California until an anonymous tip was called in and authorities removed her from her "home". Fearing for her true families safety, battling the obstacle of believing she was not allowed to talk to any male outside of her family, as well as a language and cultural barrier, Shyima struggled to come out of her shell and realize that she was a person that mattered and deserved respect.
The book is written as a type of journal/cathartic way to catalog the events in her life that lead her to be a national speaker about human trafficking. It is amazing to see that a girl who had never been educated nor spoke more than three words of English until high school age could come so far as to write her own novel.
I applaud her bravery and feel that this is a great book to read when just learning of the consequences, both mentally a physically, a person has to overcome once they have escaped their captors.