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This Hero Flight Attendant Saved A Teenage Sex Slave After She Noticed This Tiny Detail
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This Hero Flight Attendant Saved A Teenage Sex Slave After She Noticed This Tiny Detail

One quick-thinking flight attendant saved a teenage girl from human trafficking after noticing that something was wrong with the young passenger on her Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco.

“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right,” Shelia Frederick, 49, from Alabama, told 10 News as she recalled the encounter from 2011. The girl, who seemed to be around 14 or 15 years old and “looked like she had been through pure hell” according to Shelia, was traveling with an older man who wouldn’t let her talk and answered all of Shelia’s questions 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 said.

Realizing she needed to act quickly, Shelia quietly told the girl to visit the bathroom where the flight attendant had left her a note on the mirror. “She wrote on the note she needed help,” said Frederick, who told the pilot about what had happened. They in turn alerted the San Francisco police, who were waiting in the terminal to question the man by the time the plane had landed. The girl is now attending college and is free from trafficking thanks to Shelia’s keen eye and smart thinking.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. Around 80% are women and girls, and up to 50% are minors. “If you see something, say something,” Frederick said. (h/t)

“Something in…my mind said something is not right,” said Shelia Frederick, who works for Alaska Airlines

Image credits: Shelia Frederick

The girl was traveling with a man who was “well dressed, that’s what…got me because why is he well dressed and she is looking disheveled and out of sorts”

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Every time Shelia tried to talk to the girl the man would answer for her

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She finally managed to tell the girl, who looked ~14-15, to go to the bathroom where she’d left a note for her

Image credits: Shelia Frederick

The girl then replied with a note saying “she needed help,” said Frederick

Image credits: Kevork Djansezian

The pilot called the police and the girl was rescued. Watch the video to learn more about this amazing story:

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

No words will ever express the disgust that human trafficking invokes in a conscious human being. Literal slavery is no past tense issue, sadly.

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

I praise this woman. True hero.

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Sarah Lennie
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank God this woman noticed something and acted. Here's hoping the new training helps save more lives from this dehumanising, filthy crime.

Mell
Community Member
5 years ago

Can't even think how bad it is to be a sex slave X( Such people pollute Earth more than burning fuels. She's a hero, needs to be praised

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

No words will ever express the disgust that human trafficking invokes in a conscious human being. Literal slavery is no past tense issue, sadly.

Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

I praise this woman. True hero.

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Sarah Lennie
Community Member
5 years ago

Thank God this woman noticed something and acted. Here's hoping the new training helps save more lives from this dehumanising, filthy crime.

Mell
Community Member
5 years ago

Can't even think how bad it is to be a sex slave X( Such people pollute Earth more than burning fuels. She's a hero, needs to be praised

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