Salwa Mahmoud, 53, the mother of Shyima Hall, is shown in her home on Sept. 24, 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. Shyima was 9 when she started working as a servant for an Egyptian family and was later taken by the same family to California where she endured 20 hour work days inside their posh home.
Salwa Mahmoud, 53, the mother of Shyima Hall, is shown in her home on Sept. 24, 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. Shyima was 9 when she started working as a servant for an Egyptian family and was later taken by the same family to California where she endured 20 hour work days inside their posh home. Amr Nabil AP
Salwa Mahmoud, 53, the mother of Shyima Hall, is shown in her home on Sept. 24, 2008 in Alexandria, Egypt. Shyima was 9 when she started working as a servant for an Egyptian family and was later taken by the same family to California where she endured 20 hour work days inside their posh home. Amr Nabil AP
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