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Airline Trafficking: Signs for Spotting Human Trafficking in Transportation

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The holidays are the busiest time of year for airports. Not all travelers are headed to see loved ones—some are actually the unwilling victims of human trafficking.

In this podcast, Dr. Stacey Little, program director for transportation and logistics at American Military University interviews Nancy Rivard, founder of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) about how the average airline passenger can help identify signs of human trafficking.

Traffickers often move victims using the speed and convenience of air travel.

Here are some of the signs to look for:

  • Young women traveling alone
  • Children who do not look comfortable with the person they are traveling with
  • Anyone who:
    • Is not in control of his or her travel documents
    • Appears to be under the control of a travel companion
    • Seems unsure of their final destination
    • Does not make eye contact or has noticeable wounds or bruises
    • Seems malnourished or eats ravenously
    • Is disoriented or drunk

Listen to the podcast to learn what type of action Nancy recommends you take if you suspect a potential human trafficking situation:

Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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