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In 'Hidden Girl,' writer Shyima Hall recounts her life in slavery

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This is how Shyima Hall begins her memoir, "Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave": 

"Everyone has a defining moment in his or her life. For some it is the day they get married or have a child. For others it comes when they reach a sought-after goal. My life, however, drastically changed course the day my parent's sold me into slavery. I was 8 years old." 

It's a harrowing tale of how a young girl wound up becoming a child slave for years, both in her home country of Egypt and after her captors smuggled her into the U.S. 

Hall joins the show to talk about her experiences and what it was like to write it all down for others to read.