Flight Attendant Saves Girl From Human Trafficking
Sheila Frederick is a 49-year old flight attendant who recently became a hero! No, she didnt tackle someone rushing the cockpit or stop a crazed passenger from opening a door. What she did do was come to the rescue of a young girl from the grips of a human trafficker. While working an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco, she noticed a “dishevelled” young girl who looked to be about 15-years old. The young woman was traveling with an older, well-dressed male. Her creeper radar was going off the charts.
Frederick made attempts to speak to the passengers, but the man became suspiciously defensive and the young girl wouldn’t engage Frederick at all. Sheila left a pen and paper in the plane’s washroom with a note asking if the girl was ok. When Sheila went and retrieved the paper the words “I Need Help” were written on it.
Frederick was then able to tell the pilots who coordinated with San Francisco police to have the man arrested upon landing. Since 2009, there have been increased efforts to train American flight staff to spot the signs related to human trafficking. Things like a person appearing to be controlled by their flying companion, appearing battered, not answering questions, and avoiding eye contact.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested approximately 2,000 traffickers and saved more than 400 victims in the last year. If Frederick ever wants a career change to help other young girls, this little story might get her an interview pretty quickly.