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Sold into slavery as a girl, Shyima Hall becomes a U.S. citizen
Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 16, 2011A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slav | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times

Posted on 12/16/2011 7:44:21 PM PST by thecodont

A decade ago, Shyima Hall was smuggled into the United States as a 10-year-old slave, forced to cook and clean inside the home of a wealthy Irvine family and, at night, sleep on a squalid mattress in a windowless garage.

On Thursday, the Egyptian-born 22-year-old stood before a federal judge in Montebello with nearly 900 others and was sworn in as naturalized U.S. citizen. The ceremony capped a hard-scrabble journey that began with Hall's rescue, wound through the foster care system and ended with her living on her own, working, and with ambitions to become a federal agent.

"I went through something terrible, but right now I'm in a great place," Hall said after Thursday's citizenship ceremony at the Quiet Cannon Country Club. "I can't imagine anything greater than having my own life."

Hall's Egyptian parents sold her into slavery when she was 8 for $30 a month, according to authorities. The Cairo couple who bought her moved to Irvine two years later, smuggling Hall into the U.S. where she toiled for them and their five children until she was 13.

Hall said she worked 16 hour days, scrubbing floors, cooking meals and cleaning house, and was rarely allowed outside the spacious home. She was forced to wash her own clothes in a bucket and was forbidden from going to school. She never visited a doctor or dentist and didn't speak a word of English.

Her captors, Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, berated her and occasionally slapped her around, authorities said.

"I didn't know anything about what America was about. My only hope was to go back home and live a normal life with my family, my brothers and sisters,'' she said. "That's all I wanted."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; egypt; islam; muslim; muslims; rop; shyimahall; slavery; trop; uscitizen

1 posted on 12/16/2011 7:44:25 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

2 posted on 12/16/2011 7:47:54 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: thecodont

I hope she doesn’t vote for 0bama, but I am happy for her. Very attractive young woman.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 7:49:20 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: thecodont

This one lady was sold into slavery, but she has more freedoms now than the people left behind in Egypt, who have to live and work under a repressive regime.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 7:50:08 PM PST by adorno (<)
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To: thecodont

This is disgusting.

My only relief is that the “family” wasn’t “American”, per se.

I do want to know how she ended up a “Hall”.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 7:51:18 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: thecodont

We are the most benevolent country on earth.


6 posted on 12/16/2011 7:53:34 PM PST by Track9
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To: thecodont
Her captors, Abdel Nasser Eid Youssef Ibrahim and his former wife, Amal Ahmed Ewis-abd Motelib, berated her and occasionally slapped her around

This is the "admirable culture" that The Left wants us to emulate.

Why weren't these slavemasters arrested and deported back to the Muslim hell-hole of their choice?

This young woman has a bright future ahead of her, and she came to it the hard way. Bless her.

7 posted on 12/16/2011 7:54:00 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Old Sarge
She was probably chosen for slavery because of her long fingers: for washing, cleaning etc....

May she meet some great guy and have a wonderful life.

May her captors burn in hell.

8 posted on 12/16/2011 7:59:12 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: Perdogg

wait a sec.... I thought the MSM told us there is no path to citizenship..... how did these 900 people do it?

/sarcasm


9 posted on 12/16/2011 7:59:20 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: thecodont

All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.


10 posted on 12/16/2011 8:00:05 PM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks thecodont. The religion of the parents and the "owners" was not given, I wonder why? /s
A New American

11 posted on 12/16/2011 8:04:46 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I do want to know how she ended up a “Hall”.

I'd bet a pint of beer on Adoption.

And who wouldn't want to adopt her, she's cute as a bug, and knows how to do laundry and scrub floors.

When you start digging into modern day slavery, there is a LOT of it going on in the Islamic world.

What I would like to know is if she's islamic? Because the Quaran says that a muslim can't own a muslim slave.

/johnny

12 posted on 12/16/2011 8:05:43 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

OH, I think we can figure out what religion they are.


13 posted on 12/16/2011 8:07:04 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: SunkenCiv
I see I'm a minute behind you, on the same trail. I suspect that she was born to a Christian family.

/johnny

14 posted on 12/16/2011 8:08:05 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: thecodont

From the article:


...Hall’s Egyptian parents sold her into slavery when she was 8 for $30 a month, according to authorities...

...Her captors told her to never speak to police, that officers would beat her. She stayed tight-lipped until she was allowed to call her parents in Egypt, and her father ordered her to go back with her captors...


Father was probably afraid to lose that 30 bucks a month income.


15 posted on 12/16/2011 8:08:45 PM PST by Razzz42
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To: Old Sarge
Why weren't these slavemasters arrested and deported back to the Muslim hell-hole of their choice?

They were. Read the article. Sheesh, the way people around here routinely leap to incorrect conclusions is pathetic!!!!

16 posted on 12/16/2011 8:09:13 PM PST by Wolfstar
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To: thecodont

You mean there is an already established way for foreign nationals to legally become US citizens?


17 posted on 12/16/2011 8:09:48 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: thecodont

God bless her.


18 posted on 12/16/2011 8:17:55 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Anaksunamum. This girl is going to be gorgeous. And I don't sense an ounce of muslim sentiment in her.

19 posted on 12/16/2011 8:20:06 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: thecodont
In 2002, acting on a tip from a concerned neighbor, child welfare authorities rescued her from the house. Her case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leading to the prosecution, federal imprisonment and, later, deportation of Ibrahim and Motelib.
20 posted on 12/16/2011 8:22:29 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: thecodont

Her captors just treated her like any non-Muslim.


21 posted on 12/16/2011 8:22:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: thecodont

We welcome this girl.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 8:31:26 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Perdogg

She’s adorable. God bless her.


23 posted on 12/16/2011 8:31:44 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: thecodont
Nothing in the story about the people who broke so many laws by smuggling her her, imprisoning her and abusing her for years...

Shame on the media - AS USUAL!

24 posted on 12/16/2011 8:50:46 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Baynative
smuggling her here
25 posted on 12/16/2011 8:52:17 PM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: txhurl
Yes, the young former slave is a cutie, and is going to grow up to be a beauty. The picture of her at her naturalization event made my daddy reflex look over to make sure the shotgun was in place. I'm pretty sure of where the shovel is.

/johnny

26 posted on 12/16/2011 8:56:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: Wolfstar
The slavemasters should have been shot for their crime. Enslavement violates the inherent dignity of man; it confuses the concept of personhood with that of property.
27 posted on 12/16/2011 9:01:09 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: thecodont
"The Cairo couple who bought her moved to Irvine two years later"

We need higher standards for who we let in. In case you did not know, the UN determines who can come to the US as a refugee, and they strongly favor Muslims. (Prior post: Muslim Refugees, Yes – Christian Refugees, No Atlas Shrugs

28 posted on 12/16/2011 9:10:49 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Thank G-D this woman was rescued from such a horrid situation, because so many aren't

Yes, she will be the belle of the ball, take it from someone who knows, if you want a woman who is strong, principled, and fearless, go find a Middle Eastern woman, that is why the insecure Muslim men (AKA Saudi men afraid of women driving) have to literally keep them down the way they do, otherwise they would be the ones doing the cooking and cleaning.

A Friendly tip, going after a Mideastern girl isn't easy, many men have found their ego taken down a peg by them, so tread lightly any future suitors to this young woman.

29 posted on 12/16/2011 9:20:10 PM PST by KC_Lion (I won't vote for a Pseudo Democrat Like I did in '08, I will write in Sarah's name if I have too!)
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To: Old Sarge

These koranimals were so cocky they thought they could import their typical arab culture to the USA.


30 posted on 12/16/2011 9:23:55 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee
These koranimals were so cocky they thought they could import their typical arab culture to the USA.

Well, they managed to import one of their own into the White House.

31 posted on 12/16/2011 9:25:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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For true.


32 posted on 12/16/2011 9:25:43 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: adorno

Things won’t get any better under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Especially not for women. She’s fortunate to stay in the US.


33 posted on 12/16/2011 10:02:18 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Perdogg

Reminds me of the Biblical story of Joseph. This young lady will go far.

Went to the Times site. There is actually someone blaming this on our free market system.


34 posted on 12/16/2011 10:15:19 PM PST by abishai
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To: Old Sarge

maybe they were.


35 posted on 12/16/2011 11:23:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: abishai

A “free market” isn’t an “anything goes” market. In older days, in which a Christian consciousness was more common, strange arrangements like this “slave family” would more likely have been sniffed out.


36 posted on 12/16/2011 11:26:03 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: thecodont
According to the U.S. State Department, there are more than 12 million people entrapped in some form of slavery worldwide.

Hall said her dream now is to become a federal agent for ICE to help crack down on human trafficking and free the enslaved.

"That's my top goal," Hall said. "I've been through it. I know I can help."

Wow! Good story. From hopeless nightmare to victorious liberty.

37 posted on 12/16/2011 11:33:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Old Sarge

I did a bit of googling, and dug this up. It looks like the husband and wife were sentenced to 3 years each for human trafficking and harboring an illegal alien, forced to pay $100,000 to her in damages and back pay, and then extradited to Egypt where they were already wanted on other charges. A light sentence if you ask me.


38 posted on 12/17/2011 12:14:26 AM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I do want to know how she ended up a “Hall”.

Shyima was adopted last year [2007] by Chuck and Jenny Hall of Beaumont, Calif. Link.

My only relief is that the “family” wasn’t “American”, per se.

My relief is that she is.

39 posted on 12/17/2011 12:38:57 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: thecodont

GOD bless this girl.....the land of the FREE!!!!!


40 posted on 12/17/2011 2:36:19 AM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: Track9

And it will be our undoing


41 posted on 12/17/2011 2:40:56 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Razzz42

This is a little off topic but folks should read: “I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced”, a true story of a young Yemini girl who was married off by her father to some middle aged guy. Some Muslim family values.


42 posted on 12/17/2011 12:56:55 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Maybe there is a Muslim loophole for indentured servitude among Muslims. Islam always seems to have a loophole for just about everything.


43 posted on 12/17/2011 1:04:14 PM PST by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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