Thursday, November 1, 2012

How flight attendants fight against human trafficking | Deseret News

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By Deseret News

This undated photo provided by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s Office shows an advertisement issued by the department. The ad is part of an ongoing effort to educate law enforcement and the public about what it says is the little-known and little understood problem of modern slavery. While many associate the term with the sex trade in Asia or cross-border trafficking, Maria Sanchez-Gagne, an assistant attorney general who oversees King's program to fight human trafficking, says most cases in New Mexico involve U.S. citizens forced into prostitution or laborAnonymous, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Flying home from a conference in the Dominican Republic, Nancy Rivard
 was struck by the strange behavior of a woman traveling with a little boy 
and girl. The children were visibly distressed. The girl was sobbing.
 But the woman wasn't concerned. In fact, she didn't even appear to
 know their names.

The woman's behavior suggested something was going on, and Rivard 
was not about to let it go unnoticed. Although she was a passenger that 
day,  Rivard works as a flight attendant, and the conference she was 
returning from was the 2009 meeting of the Airline Ambassadors
 International. She had attended a workshop on human trafficking 
and learned a hotline that she could call if she saw anything suspicious.
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