Published on : Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Airline Ambassadors founder Nancy Rivard, a former flight attendant and several of her colleagues flew to Houston to meet with 100 flight attendants who volunteered for a seminar on how to spot signs of human trafficking.
It is an annual event that has been given increased importance in 2016, reports of human trafficking in the United States increased by 35 percent.
It is commonly reported that human trafficking increases around high-profile events, especially the Super Bowl.
Rivard wants to ensure flight attendants working routes in and out of the city are able to spot the signs of a victim who needs help with the upcoming Super Bowl.
Congress passed a rule last year that requires flight attendants to receive human trafficking training, but AAI wants to go further.
The organizers of the event, Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) , aim to help “orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by leveraging connections with the airline industry towards humanitarian service.”
At the event, attendants were taught to look for a disheveled appearance, a passenger who insists on speaking for their companion, or signs that a victim was drugged. Attendees at the event learned from experienced flight attendants who have dealt with human trafficking, like Sheila Frederick.
It is estimated that more than 50,000 women and girls are trafficked into the United States every year. Last year, over 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported across the country, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.