Magazine article Herizons

Flight Attendants Ground Traffickers

Magazine article Herizons

Flight Attendants Ground Traffickers

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Last year, 2,000 human traffickers were arrested and 400 victims were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement thanks to the work of flight attendants and other travel professionals.

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery worth $32 billion per year, and wealthy, developed countries make up more than half of the industry. According to the United Nations, 71 percent of trafficking victims are female and a third of them are children. Overall, 72 percent of convicted traffickers are men.

If a passenger won't make eye contact, looks like they've been assaulted or appears to be under the influence of somebody else, participating airline staff are encouraged to report suspicions to ground authorities.

On one Alaska Airlines flight, a flight attendant helped a human trafficking victim on a Seattle-San Francisco flight by leaving a note for the dishevelled teen in the bathroom, asking if she needed help. …

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