A flight attendant is being heralded as a hero after helping rescue a teenage victim of human trafficking by sending the girl a secret message in an airplane restroom.
The harrowing rescue unfolded back in 2011 when Shelia Fedrick, an employee of Alaska Airlines, noticed a nicely dressed man sitting next to a teenager whom she believed was just 14 or 15 years old. The two were on a flight from Seattle, Washington, to San Francisco, California, and something about the duo just didn’t feel quite right.
Fedrick said she became suspicious after noticing the man’s attire and then realizing that the girl with him looked completely disheveled and as though she had “been through pure hell,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right,” Fedrick recently told WTSP-TV. “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.”
Then, when Fedrick tried to talk to the girl, the teen didn’t make eye contact and the man with her reportedly got defensive. That’s when she decided to leave a note on the bathroom mirror and signaled to the girl to read it; the teen reportedly did so and then wrote a note back saying she needed help.
That’s when Fedrick told the pilot, who informed the police and the rest is, well, history. The brave and quick-thinking act reportedly saved the young girl from being trafficked.
Fedrick told WTSP-TV that she has spoken with the victim a few times over the years. The teen apparently called her a few weeks after the in-flight incident and is reportedly now attending college.
Flight attendants are reportedly now undergoing training that can help them better notice if and when people are being trafficked. As for Fedrick’s own advice, she implored people to look for the signs and if they “see something, say something.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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