The intuition of a flight attendant ended up being what ultimately saved the life of a teenage girl and prevented her from becoming a victim of human trafficking.
When Shelia approached a guy and a teenage girl who were traveling together on the airplane, she saw that both of them exhibited unusual behavior. The girl did everything she could not to look at Shelia, and the man patiently answered all of her questions.
“He was well-dressed, that’s what kind got me because why is he well-dressed and she is looking disheveled and out of sorts,” Shelia said. “Something in the back of my mind said something was not right.”
Shelia managed to tell the girl under her breath to go into the bathroom. When the girl did so, she found a note on the mirror left for her.
“She wrote on the note that she needed help,” she said.
Shelia told the pilot about the girl, and the pilot notified the police. Shelia ultimately saved the girl from being a victim of human trafficking.
“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 said.
Since the flight, Shelia said she’s spoken to the girl a few times because she put her phone number on the note and the girl memorized it. The young woman is currently attending college.
Flight attendants are trained to spot the signs of human trafficking, which is how Shelia was able to recognize that the girl was in a potentially devastating situation.
“If you see something, say something,” she said.
Many readers praised the flight attendant for her brave actions.
“Am so glad the flight attendant took it to her interest to save the girl,” one reader commented in response to the story on social media. “She is awesome, am glad she did. For the sicko, i hope he’ll pay for his crimes. There are many older men who do this, this is only one of the very few diseases in our society today. Sad!!!”
“I am angry but also thankful that this flight attendant took the action needed to get this girl to safety,” another wrote. “I am angry that there are adult men doing this to young girls and boys. He should be castrated and hung to bleed out.”
“It is well worth it, and I am proud of you to be on top of safety for children in unsafe situations; you are definitely a good human being,” another added.