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Flight attendant’s instincts helps rescue teen girl from human trafficking during Calif. flight

February 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Flight attendant’s instincts helps rescue teen girl from human trafficking during Calif. flight

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A flight attendant saved a teenager from human trafficking by leaving a secret note for the victim in the plane’s bathroom during a flight.

Shelia Fedrick, an Alaska Airlines vet, swooped into action after she had noticed a disheveled girl with greasy blonde hair, who appeared out of place with the well-dressed older man who boarded the plane with her in Seattle back in 2011, according to NBC News.

“(The girl) looked like she had been through pure hell,” Fedrick stated, and estimated that the girl was about 14 or 15 years old.

When the 49-year-old crew member tried to converse with the duo, the man acted defensively.

“I left a note in one of the bathrooms,” the flight attendant said in an interview with NBC News. “She wrote back on the note, ‘I need help.'”

Fedrick alerted the pilot, and when they landed in San Francisco, authorities were waiting for the man at the airport.

The unbelievable story was highlighted at a training workshop organized by the nonprofit Airline Ambassadors to correspond with the Super Bowl.

The association’s founder Nancy Rivard and several colleagues met with approximately 100 flight attendants who volunteered for the two-day training on how to spot human trafficking.

Former victims spoke about their experiences and instructors taught attendees how to detect and appropriately respond to passengers who come off as scared, nervous, or injured and people traveling with companions who don’t appear to be a family member, friend, or guardian.

In 2016, human trafficking increased by 35.7% in the U.S compared to the previous year, new data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline revealed.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehended 1,952 individuals for human trafficking in 2016 and identified over 400 victims exploited for forced labor or sex work.

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