In today’s modern age, we don’t like to think about things like slavery and human trafficking. We like to think that society has evolved beyond that and that such things are only found in history books.
The reality is all too severe. Slavery and human trafficking do continue to exist in our world. You do not typically see or hear much about it unless your church or a charity speak up and you happen to be there.
The Independent reported that “US Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reported to have arrested 2,000 human traffickers and identified 400 victims last year” alone. Today we can report a small victory in the fight against human trafficking that will have a tremendous impact on one teenage girl.
Sheila Frederick was working as a flight attendant “on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco when she noticed a young ‘disheveled’ looking girl traveling with a well-dressed man and immediately knew something was wrong.”
“Something in the back of my mind said something was not right,” Frederick told Tampa’s 10 News. “He was well-dressed. That’s what got me because I thought why is he well-dressed and she is looking all disheveled and out of sorts?” The man reportedly refused to let the girl speak to the flight attendant.
Frederick took action. She left a note for the girl in the bathroom. The teenager later found it and wrote, “I need help.” Frederick notified the pilots who notified police in San Francisco. The unnamed man was arrested when the flight landed.
Flight attendants have recently received training to help them identify the signs of human trafficking and abuse.
“I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years,” Frederick added, “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 girls and young boys and didn’t even know.”
Source: The Independent