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Human Trafficking of Children on a Global Scale


Lauren Percherke


According to a recent article written by Maryse Godden, Shelia Fredrick, a 49-year-old flight attendant, walked down the aisle of a flight one afternoon and altered the course of someone’s life forever. In February 2017, Alaska Airlines was taking Fredrick from Seattle to San Francisco and the procedure seemed like a regular day for her. She noticed a girl on the flight with greasy blond hair who she guessed was around 14 years old sitting next to a well-dressed man. Fredrick claimed to be suspicious of the pair and described the girl as looking like “she had been through pure hell.” Fredrick went up to the girl and the child refused to look at or speak a word to her. The man interrupted and seemed to hover over the young child in defense. Fredrick felt something wasn’t quite right so she came up with a plan: once she had convinced the girl to use the restroom, she left a note stuck to the mirror, and the child wrote back on it in need of help. Fredrick reported the news to the pilot who told the police. By the time the flight arrived, cops were waiting. It was revealed later that the girl was involved in an instance of human trafficking and Fredrick had saved her life. Fredrick has been on flights for ten years and couldn’t fathom the thought of possibly missing these cases before. According to The Washington Post, it is estimated that 50,000 young girls are trafficked in the United States for prostitution each year. In 2016, the US immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 2,000 human traffickers for 400 child victims (Godden 2-3).

How to Cite: Percherke, L., 2018. Human Trafficking of Children on a Global Scale. Philologia, 10. DOI:
Published on 30 Apr 2018.
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