Human trafficking eyes in the sky

Source: The Malay Mail Online

(From left) Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) president Nancy Rivard, American Airlines flight attendant Donna Hubbard and Alaska Airlines stewardess Andrea Hobart.Pic by The Malay Mail Online

SEPANG, Aug 29 — Airline staff can play a vital role to stop human trafficking in Southeast Asia and around the world, as they are at the front line of the fight against a crime which sees victims transported on major flights on a daily basis.

Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) president Nancy Rivard said air travel had become a popular human trafficking method because the mode left victims in the strong grip of traffickers.

“Picture this: A 10-year-old boy from a non-English speaking country is brought across international borders by his trafficker.

“He doesn’t understand what is going on, he is closely monitored by his trafficker, and his documentation is not with him.

“This child would be terrified for his life and the trafficker succeeds in smuggling yet another human,” Rivard said during a recent anti-trafficking roadshow orgarnised by AirAsia. Read more