Sheila Federick knew something was wrong when she saw a young teen sitting next to a creepy old man. The girl was dressed like a homeless bum with dirty hair. The much older man was dressed very well, like he was going to a business meeting in a fancy night club.
Sheila took action and did some work to figure things out. She had a gut feeling and it was right.
What she discovered was frightening!
Federick noticed the girl, aged 14 or 15 at the time, traveling with a much older, well-dressed man. She tried to engage them in conversation, but the man became defensive.
“I left a note in one of the bathrooms,” Fedrick said. “She wrote back on the note and said ‘I need help.’”
The flight attendant notified the pilots of the situation, and they notified police. The police were waiting in the terminal when they landed.
“I’ve been a flight attendant for ten years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training,” Fedrick told WTSP. “And I was like, I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know. If you see something, say something.”
Federick shared her story at an Airline Ambassadors conference hosted for flight attendants to train them to spot instances of human trafficking.
If you ever have the feeling something isn't right, then don't be scared to look into it. Always trust your gut feeling.
Sheila is a hero.