Sheila Federick, an Alaska Airlines flight attendant, knew something was wrong. She saw a rather greasy looking teenager who seemed disheveled and out of place like a drunken homeless person resting on a park bench in silence, too scared and ashamed to ask for help. This haggard looking teenager must’ve worn a silent look of despair on her face as if her look alone was screaming for help.
That’s when Frederick looked next to her and noticed a creepy old guy who was dressed to the nines like he was going to a fancy Hollywood event.
An old well-dressed man sitting with a young dirty looking teenager didn’t make sense.
If this was his daughter or relative, and he was dressed that well, then he wouldn’t let her look like a homeless alcoholic.
This is a teenage girl on a plane ride – teen girls always get dressed up for everything. They go to the store for a loaf of bread and they have to spend three hours applying makeup and trying on outfits before they leave the house. If you want your teenage daughter to get something from the store, you need to pencil it in on her calendar so she has a week to prepare for it.
There’s no way this girl was where she wanted to be.
Something wasn’t right.
Breitbart reports – Federick noticed the girl, aged 14 or 15 at the time, traveling with a much older, well-dressed man. She tried to engage them in conversation, but the man became defensive.
“I left a note in one of the bathrooms,” Fedrick said. “She wrote back on the note and said ‘I need help.’”
The flight attendant notified the pilots of the situation, and they notified police. The police were waiting in the terminal when they landed.
“I’ve been a flight attendant for ten years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training,” Fedrick told WTSP. “And I was like, I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know. If you see something, say something.”
Federick shared her story at an Airline Ambassadors conference hosted for flight attendants to train them to spot instances of human trafficking.
Just like that, a girl was saved from human trafficking. People don’t realize that this happens right in front of our faces, hiding in plain sight.
If you ever see something that looks completely wrong, then don’t be scared to investigate or strike up a conversation.
Trust your gut feeling and keep a watchful eye out for these types of things, particularly at airports, train stations, etc.
One girl saved can lead to the arrest of a human trafficker which can point authorities to large crime rings that force young girls into prostitution.
Saving one girl can lead to saving many more.
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