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Human Trafficking Vigilance as Football Season Kicks Off

Date: October 18, 2019

As Flight Attendants, we are uniquely positioned to potentially identify human traffickers and assist their victims. We 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% of these are women and young girls. Mega events such as professional sports and NFL football games are a magnet for human traffickers. 

Knowledge is power. When we know the signs to be aware of, we can make an informed decision and help prevent tragedy. Some indicators of human trafficking include:

  • 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. 

If something seems suspicious and you believe you may be witnessing signs of human trafficking, do not act independently. Instead, follow United’s reporting policy and procedures 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.

If you suspect Human Trafficking outside of the workplace, reference the information below on how to report the instance:

Report Human Trafficking:

  • 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.

To learn more about the work to end human trafficking.

Blue Campaign

Airline Ambassadors International

AFA-CWA Stop Human Trafficking

Together we can help put a stop to Human Trafficking. 

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