Mr. Speaker, on a recent flight, flight attendant Shelia Fedrick of Alaska Airlines noticed a young girl, 14 or 15 years old, with blonde hair. Shelia approached two individuals, but the young girl refused to speak or make contact with her. The man next to the girl was defensive as she tried to make conversation.
Something was just not right. Shelia quickly devised a plan. She convinced the girl to go to the bathroom where Shelia had left a note stuck to the mirror. The girl wrote back on the note, and she needed help.
The flight crew quickly alerted the police on the ground. Shelia Fedrick ended up saving a victim of human trafficking.
Traffickers often ship their victims across the country like baggage. The Department of Homeland Security and flight attendants are working together through training to spot warning signs of modern-day slavery.
Thanks to Shelia Fedrick and other flight attendants for their work in rescuing victims of trafficking. We must continue to stop traffickers in their tracks.
And that is just the way it is.