Eyes in the Sky
Thanks to the intuition and quick thinking of an Alaska Airlines flight attendant, Shelia Fedrick, one girl is out of the human trafficking system and a trafficker has been apprehended. This incident from last week points to a larger issue of what flight attendants can do to combat human trafficking in the sky. Former flight attendant Nancy Rivard is trying her best with Airline Ambassadors International, a non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations, by training airline staff to spot the signs of human trafficking. With the Super Bowl bringing masses of people to Houston, Rivard has launched training at Houston’s Hobby Airport, one of the country’s biggest human trafficking hotspots. In 2016, a federal act implemented training for flight attendants, but Airline Ambassadors continues to lobby Congress for better awareness of human trafficking in flight attendant training as well.
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