It’s really inspiring to read about activists from all over the world doing amazing things to fight human trafficking. Through awareness raising flight attendants in America are making a real difference to the lives of trafficking victims.
Flight attendants with a large US airline are training others to spot the signs of trafficking on flights and report them. Sandra Fiorini who heads this project says she has seen a lot in her 39 year career and now is able to recognise a suspected trafficking case.
Fiorini trains flight attendants from around the world providing information brochures and bracelets with a hotline number for reporting suspected cases. She urges other flight attendants to pass on the information and create global awareness of the issue. Calling this hotline means law enforcement is at the gate when the plane lands in order to speak to and support the possible victim.
One of the project’s aims is to put awareness raising brochures in seat pockets so that passengers can also spot the signs of human trafficking and notify trained flight attendants. Fiorini believes that if passengers know what they are looking for they will not ignore what is going on.
I think this is an absolutely brilliant initiative. STOP THE TRAFFIK believes fighting trafficking in your own way, in your community, makes all the difference. What begins with one person like Sandra Fiorini grows into a worldwide act for change.
It’s been known for a while that victims of trafficking are being bought and sold at airports just after they get off a plane where the rest of us meet the people we love. If more flight attendants and passengers knew what to look out for, I wonder how many of these sales could have been stopped.
Grassroots activism is at the heart of STOP THE TRAFFIK; that means you can really make a difference. Trafficking happens in every community, in every country and we can all fight against it by doing our part. It doesn’t have to be something huge, it can be something as easy and fun as telling your neighbour what human trafficking is and making sure you eat fair-trade chocolate.
I hope stories like these inspire you to act and show you that in your own way you can create a world of change. For ways to get involved go to www.stopthetraffik.org