Captors: Hall was kept as a slave by wealthy Egyptian couple Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef (left) and his wife Amal Admed Ewis-Abd El Motelib (right) for four years, two of which were spent in Southern California
A 24-year-old new mother calls her life 'heaven' now, but it didn't always used to be that way.
In 1998, at just 8-years-old, Shyima Hall was sold into slavery by her parents in Egypt.
She spent the next four years working 20 hours days for a family that hit her, called her stupid, and kept her in a cell-like bedroom.
Hall finally got her taste of freedom two years after the family she worked for moved to California, and child services received an anonymous tip about her existence
Now she has written a book, Hidden Girl, shedding more light on her dark years as a servant and how she's bounced back to create a life of her own.
'I want people to know this can happen. Slavery is not in the history book. It's right next to you,' she told People magazine.
Hall was one of 11 children born to her parents in the slums south of Alexandria.