A black flight attendant Shelia Fedrick saved girl who left a message in bathroom from human trafficker
The International Labor Organization believes that there are 4.5 million people currently trapped in sexual slavery due to human trafficking.
Thanks to flight attendant Shelia Fedrick, there is one less human trafficker roaming the world and one less person being trafficked.
Working an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco, Fedrick noticed a girl of about 14 or 15 traveling with an older gentleman. She found the pairing strange as she said, “he was well-dressed…and she was looking all disheveled and out of sorts.”
Wanting to make sure the girl wasn’t being held against her will, Fedrick tried to engage the pair in casual conversation; the man immediately became defensive and closed off.
Feeling increasingly uneasy, Fedrick says she “left a note in one of the bathrooms.” The girl “wrote back on the note and said, ‘I need help.’”
That was all Fedrick needed to know. She sprung into action, surreptitiously working with the flight’s pilot to have police waiting for the man when they landed. He was arrested, and the girl was taken to get help.
Though happy she could help, the success weighs on Fedrick; she feels that this wasn’t the first human trafficking survivor to have been on one of her planes, “I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know.”
However, even one saved life is a heroic. Shelia Fedrick is a black hero and we should honor her and try to be heroes ourselves too in stopping modern slavery.