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Flight attendant’s quick thinking saves teenage girl from human trafficking

After noticing something was wrong with a child passenger on her Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco, flight attendant Shelia Fredrick finally saved the young girl from human trafficking.

Back in 2011, Shelia Fredrick, then 49, recalled the encounter on the flight.

“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right. She looked like she had been through pure hell.” She continued, “He was well dressed, that’s what kind of got me because why is he well dressed and she is looking disheveled and out of sorts.”

At the time, the girl, who seemed to be around 14 or 15 years old, was traveling with an older man. However, when Fredrick approached both of them, the man wouldn’t let the girl talk and immediately answered Fredrick’s questions on behalf of the young girl.

Fredrick later could sense something was not right with the teenage girl. She quietly tried to tell the girl to visit the bathroom, where she placed a piece of paper and a pencil on the mirror in the hopes that the victim would leave a note.

Just as Fredrick had predicted, the girl left a note saying, “I need help.”

They, in turn, alerted the San Francisco police, who were already waiting in the terminal to question the man when the plane landed. Thanks to Fredrick’s gut sense and quick thinking, the girl is now attending college and is free from human trafficking.

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