A flight attendant rescued a girl from human trafficking after she
spotted the disheveled teen sitting on a plane and left a note for her
in the restroom.
Shelia Fedrick, 49, was working on an Alaska
Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco when she noticed a teen,
believed to be 14 or 15 years old, sitting in the window seat next to a
well-dressed older man, NBC reported.
Fedrick said the victim
had greasy blond hair and looked like she ‘had been through pure hell’.
It was the contrast between the two that raised a red flag.
When Fedrick would speak to the two passengers the girl would not look or talk and only the man would respond, she said.
The perpetrator would allegedly become defensive when the stewardess tried to make conversation.
The Alabama woman eventually relayed a message to the girl to go to the bathroom where she had left her a note on the mirror.
‘She wrote on the note she needed help,’ Fedrick said.
Shelia immediately told the pilot about the situation, who contacted the police.
Officers were waiting for the man at the terminal when the plane landed and arrested him.
‘I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and it’s 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,’ she told WTSP.
Fedrick said she has kept in contact with the girl she rescued over the past few years, who is now attending college.
Flight attendants are now including tips on how to spot human trafficking as part of their training, reported airlineamb.org.
airline stewardess and founder of Airline Ambassadors, Nancy Rivard is
hoping to incorporate Shelia’s instincts into the jobs of staff.