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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Dan Walters’ column appeared in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. In 1984 he moved to The Sacramento Bee, where his column ran until 2017.