49-year old Alaskan Airlines flight attendant Shelia Fedrick is a hero today after her keen eye for detail helped her spoil a human trafficking incident occurring right on her flight.
Fedrick, a 10-year veteran noticed a teen girl who appeared to be in distress. She reportedly had greasy blonde hair and looked to Sheila as if "she had been through pure hell.". The red flag went off when Fedrick noticed the teen was traveling with a well-dressed older man. When she tried to entice the two into a conversation the girl would shy away and the man would speak for them both.
Somehow, Shelia managed to signal to the girl to go the bathroom where she had already left a note for the teen to indicate if she needed help, and “She wrote back on the note,” Fedrick told NBC News. “She wrote on the note she needed help.”
Fedrick immediately alerted the pilot who contacted the police
More than 50,000 women and girls are trafficked into the United States for prostitution each year, reports The Washington Post. Last year, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 2,000 human traffickers and saved 400 victims.
Shelia Fedrick is an Black History Hero!