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

Shyima was 8 years old in 1997 when her impoverished Egyptian parents sold her into domestic slavery. When her captors immigrated to the United States, she was brought into the country illegally. She survived on one meal a day and slept in a garage, working for up to 20 hours daily and suffering verbal and physical abuse.

A phone call from a concerned citizen set the wheels in motion for Shyima’s rescue. On April 9, 2002, Child Protective Services removed Shyima from her captors.

Though psychologically scarred, Shyima has spoken out against the evil of human trafficking—“the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world today”—and dreams of becoming a law enforcement officer to help free other slaves.

This excellent book, written for young people, includes a detailed chapter on how all of us can participate in the fight against human trafficking. (Simon & Schuster)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.