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Super Bowl is the Biggest Human Trafficking Event in the US - Recognize it!

Date: January 8, 2019


MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee 

Each year the Super Bowl is dubbed the biggest human trafficking event in the United States as millions of party going football fans will undoubtedly flock to the upcoming event on February 3, 2019.

As Flight Attendants, we are uniquely positioned to identify human traffickers and assist their victims. Flight crews are skilled observers, and with the appropriate training, we can be the frontline against the horrific crime of trafficking. It is estimated that at least 12.3 million adults and children are enslaved around the world and that 56 percent are women and girls. Mega events like the Super Bowl are a magnet for human traffickers. Super Bowl Llll is scheduled for February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the days leading up to and surrounding the Super Bowl we ask every Flight Attendant to be vigilant of the situations around you. Begin now by reviewing the indicators of human trafficking listed below and know how and where to report suspicious behavior.

  • Physical control of travel documents of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • Restricting the movement and social interaction of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • An adult traveler who is unclear on details of his/her final destination or point of contact
  • A child traveler who appears to be accompanied by someone claiming to be the parent or guardian who is in fact not related to the child. 

There are several ways to obtain the knowledge you need to be proactive in our fight against human trafficking:


To Learn More About Human Trafficking

Go to: 
www.dhs.gov/humantraffickingor  Take the DHS  General Awareness Training

To Report Human Trafficking* - If you suspect a case of human trafficking: 

Follow United’s reporting policy and procedure, as outlined in your Link, including using cockpit communications or other methods as part of the Blue Lightning Initiative. 

Report the details to the Captain
Ensure the term “suspected human trafficking is used when reporting to captain.  
Review appropriate Threat Level 1 Flight Attendant guide lines and actions to take when taxiing/inflight or at the gate.

Call toll-free (866) 347-2423 from anywhere in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.

Call (802) 872-6199 (not toll-free) from any country in the world.  Report the tip online at www.ice.gov/tips

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