Most people enjoy flying and look forward to the experience.
The travel itself is frequently the best part, whether it’s a long-awaited vacation or a visit to a loved one. However, as flight attendant Sheila Frederick found out on a flight from Seattle to San Francisco, sometimes the experience takes a dark turn.
She had no idea how drastically this meeting would affect the rest of her life.
A Stranger’s Gaze
Sheila saw something out of the ordinary as she went about her responsibilities on board.
There was an old man sitting next to a young blonde girl who was wearing rags.
When their eyes connected, Sheila felt a sense of urgency in the girl’s stare.
There was clearly an issue. Sensing concern, Sheila approached the man to question him further.
A Mysterious Message
The man’s guarded and agitated response to her questions surprised her.
Sheila’s intuition informed her that something was off. She wanted to help, so she made a strategy to do so.
She left the young girl a pen and paper in the bathroom, hoping she’d find them if they needed some help.
Sheila motioned for the girl to go to the restroom and waited expectantly for her return.
A Note That Would Alter History
The flight attendant’s heart was racing as the girl obeyed Sheila’s instructions.
After retrieving the paper, Sheila was met with a terrifying message: “I need help.”
Sheila called the police right away once she saw how serious the situation was.
The police had already prepared an arrest warrant for the individual by the time the plane landed.
The Search for Truth
The 14-year-old girl was a victim of human trafficking.
Two months before, she had been kidnapped and subjected to unspeakable things.
Sheila’s prompt actions led to her rescue and ultimately led to the trafficker being caught and punished.
The Power of Awareness
The brave acts of Sheila are not exceptional. Organizations like Airline Ambassadors International teach flight attendants to spot indicators of human trafficking.
These guards vigorously battle this horrific crime by working together with the United States Customs and Border Protection.
In order to better recognize similar circumstances in the future, Sheila decided to join Airline Ambassadors in 2011 after her experience.
“There are many signs to be aware of,” Sheila emphasizes.
This Disturbing Fact
The United Nations (UN) reports that each year, approximately 1.2 million youngsters become victims of human trafficking.
Young people of both sexes are exploited and sometimes even compelled to join the military. These tragedies call for our consideration and intervention.