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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking


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 January 03, 2013 Sharon Baron, flight attendant for a U.S, airline, welcomed a well dressed gentleman in his 50’s accompanied by a young girl on her domestic flight.  She assumed the girl to be his daughter, about 14 years old.  The pair boarded the aircraft and settled into First Class.  They never said hello or made eye contact. During the flight of several hours, they kept to themselves only whispering to each other.  The young girl sat next to the window and whenever Sharon approached to ask her a question, the older gentleman would interject and never allowed her to speak for herself. 

She remembers it was strange that the girl would not look at her directly, but turn away to the window, and once she left, the whispering would continue.  If she had known then, what she knows now, she would have alerted authorities.  At the time, she did not know Human Trafficking existed.

Human Trafficking is a $30 billion criminal industry, second only to narcotics. Every year, hundreds of thousands fall victim to traffickers and unfortunately, the vast majority of victims are children. Traffickers use commercial air travel to transport their victims every day.

Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a U.S registered 501 -(c)-3 non-government organization and is leading an effort to take the issue of Human Trafficking to the travel industry. AAI has provided 7 airport trainings and distributed 10,000 wallet cards to raise awareness among airline/airport personnel teaching how to recognize and report this horrific crime. Nancy Rivard, President and Founder of Airline Ambassadors International said, “We get calls every month from flight attendants seeing possible trafficking on their flights and are doing all we can to get the word out, but airlines need to train their staff on this issue as well.” AAI is kicking off awareness in New Orleans Jan. 18 before SuperBowl and training flight crews in the Ukraine in late January. 

AAI is an official charity of the Washington DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. Start training and get fit for the New Year!  Join our team to raise awareness. On March 16th, 2013, run to the sound of Rock Bands and cheering crowds, around the historic monuments in beautiful Washington DC! To register as a runner, donate or to learn more, go to www.airlineamb.org.   AAI encourages all to work together and bring the number of human trafficked victims to zero and end the greatest human rights issue of our time.

About Airline Ambassadors International (AAI)
Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) is a U.S registered 501 -(c)-3 non-government organization.