Alert stewardess saves girl from human trafficking onboard flight
The flight attendant was sharp enough to notice something odd in the behavior of the teenage girl, which raised suspicion.
10 News reported about the heroics of flight attendant Sheila Frederick, who recognized an ongoing case of human trafficking and saved the life of a teenage girl
In a video interview with the news source, Frederick stated that she felt something was wrong after noticing that the teenage girl's behavior was odd. She explained how the girl wouldn't 'look at her or respond to questions,' and only the man accompanying her would speak for her.
"He was well dressed, that's what kind of got me because why is he well dressed and she is looking disheveled and out of sorts," Frederick explained in the interview.
Somehow, Frederick was then able to instruct the girl to got to the bathroom without letting the man know. In the bathroom, the veteran flight attendant left a note for the teenage girl. Through the note, the girl was finally able to communicate that she was in need of help.
Frederick then informed the pilot and then police authorities were quickly notified. Because of a sharp observation of the flight attendant, the teenage girl was saved from being a victim of human trafficking.
The veteran flight attendant also stated how the incident had given her a new perspective on things.
"I've been a flight attendant for ten years and its like I am going all the way back to when I was in training and I was like I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn't even know," the source quoted her as saying.
10 News further wrote that following the incident, flight attendants are being trained to identify the signs of human trafficking. They are being prepared to recognize people who were being controlled, or were bruised and battered, or cannot make eye contact.
According to a report from The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Florida has received 1,892 reports of human trafficking which is a 54 percent increase as a result of having 'more eyes on the lookout.'