Even though flight attendants make their living flying, only a few could be considered angels like Shelia Frederick. Back in 2011 she was a real angel for a teenage girl.
“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right,” Frederick said.
Sheila noticed that the girl never looked at her or responded to questions, and the man she was flying with answered almost everything.
“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.
Frederick under her breath manged to tell the girl to go to the bathroom. Then, the veteran flight attendant put a note on the mirror for her.
“She wrote on the note she needed help,” Frederick said.
Frederick immediately notified the pilot who alerted police. Turns out she saved a teenage girl from being a victim of human trafficking.
“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,” Frederick said.
The signs include someone being controlled or battered, someone who won’t answer questions or even make eye contact and can definitely be noticed by flight attendants who are being trained to spot them.
“If you see something, say something,” Frederick said.
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) says Florida received 1,892 reports of human trafficking.
The DCF tracks human trafficking by three primary categories: sexual exploitation by a non-caregiver, such as an adult club or escort service; sexual exploitation by a parent, guardian or caregiver; and labor trafficking.
Frederick kept in contact with the girl she saved over the years.
“I put my phone number on the note that I left for her and I guess she memorized it, so a few weeks later, she called me,” Frederick said.
The teen is now attending college in the US.
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