Shelia Fedrick has been a flight attendant for years. One day, she noticed a teenage girl flying with an older man. Though the man was well-dressed, the girl looked unkempt and disheveled.
“Something in the back of my mind said something is not right,” Shelia told WTSP. “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?”
She noticed that whenever she asked the girl a question, it was the man who answered. He was controlling her. Shelia told the girl under her breath to go to the bathroom. She left a note on the mirror for her, and the girl’s written response was chilling.
“She wrote back on the note and said ‘I need help,’” Shelia told NBC.
Shelia told the pilot about the situation. When the plane landed, police were there to apprehend the creep. She left the girl, who was around 14 or 15 at the time, her phone number. The girl was so grateful that she kept it and called Shelia a few weeks later.
It turns out that the teenager was a victim of human trafficking. She had been kidnapped and was being sold for sexual exploitation or slavery. Shelia’s instincts completely changed the course of this young woman’s life.
Shelia decided to share her story in the wake of a new program that trains flight attendants to spot the signs of human trafficking. To learn about this life-saving new program, watch the video below.