Front Line Activism: Flight Attendants Fight Trafficking

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

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2 thoughts on “Front Line Activism: Flight Attendants Fight Trafficking

  1. Concerned

    I’m very happy to know that human trafficking is being given the attention that it deserves. I also salute the flight attendant for her vigilance and concern for the poor and unfortunate souls that are so recklessly traded like commodities. I’m also very happy that passengers will be made aware of the signs of human trafficking. We all must unite to stop this scurge.
    Kindly put a link of your post to social networking. Everybody either goes on facebook or my space, so it would be good to be able to click the link to a social networking page.

    1. Hi there, thank you so much for your comment. It is great news to see what people are doing around the world; we believe community action is key to tackling human trafficking and the more people know about what is happening the more we can do to fight it. That’s why it’s so important that flight attendants are active against trafficking-and it will be fantastic when more passengers will become aware.

      Thank you for your advice about linking our social networking sites to our blog, I will definitely look into doing that. For the time being I can give you the addresses for our facebook, youtube, myspace and twitter.

      http://www.facebook.com/STOPTHETRAFFIK
      http://www.myspace.com/stopthetraffik
      http://www.twitter.com/stopthetraffik
      http://www.youtube.com/user/STOPTHETRAFFIKglobal

      Thanks again for your comment, and definitely get involved on our social networking sites!!

      Eleni

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