The U.N. estimates that up to 4 million women and children each year are trafficked throughout the world for prostitution, labor and other forms of prostitution, according to Airline Ambassadors, an international organization that seeks to promote safe travel for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Airports and their supporting hotels are major hubs for trade in human beings, and the heroics of one Alaska Airlines flight attendant demonstrated why vigilance is necessary — and what it can accomplish.
Shelia Frederick was working an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco in 2011 when she became uneasy about the apparent difference in the well-being of a teenage female passenger and the man accompanying her, AnswersAfrica reported.
“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right,” Frederick said. The man did all the talking, while the girl would not look at her or respond to her, and he was well-dressed while the girl looked “disheveled and out of sorts,” WTSP reported. She also said the man’s manner seemed defensive when she tried to interact with him.
Frederick managed to speak under her breath to the girl, telling her to go to the bathroom — where Frederick left a note on the mirror for her.
“She wrote back on the note and said, ‘I need help,’” Frederick said. That brief exchange led to Frederick alerting the pilot, who radioed ahead to San Francisco police. The man was arrested and the girl set free.
The U.K. Daily Mail reported that Frederick, an Alabama native, has stayed in touch with the girl, who has gone on to attend college.
Increased training has helped airline personnel become more vigilant, and Frederick seemed regretful about possible missed opportunities over the years.
“I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training and I was like I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know,” Frederick said.
Established by former flight attendant Nancy Rivard, Airline Ambassadors cooperates with the State Department and Department of Homeland Security in training travel industry personnel.
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