Laura Glading, president of the flight attendant member union, of the new American Airlines as a result of the merger of US Airways and American. Glading was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to meet with some of the 2,300 US Airways flight attendants based at Philadelphia International Airport. (Photo via Association of Professional Flight Attendants)

Laura Glading, president of the flight attendant member union, of the new American Airlines as a result of the merger of US Airways and American. Glading was in Philadelphia on Tuesday to meet with some of the 2,300 US Airways flight attendants based at Philadelphia International Airport. (Photo via Association of Professional Flight Attendants)

Thanks to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants for support of our efforts to combat human trafficking!

Click this LINK for  statements from Laura Glading, APFA President as part of the APFA State of the Union Report:

See below Laura’s Leadership Statement on the issue:

As far as criminal activity goes, human trafficking is amongst the most despicable. The perpetrators are modern day slave dealers operating within a vast and global network. Policing this crime is exceptionally difficult, which is why vigilance on the part of all transportation industry employees is crucial. Flight attendants have the ability to catch human traffickers in the act. With more face-to-face exposure time than probably anyone else a trafficker or victim will encounter during the crime, we have a unique opportunity to identify atrocities as they occur. What we need is comprehensive training and increased awareness so that we can play a more effective role in this fight.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is committed not only to preparing our membership to recognize and report suspected instances of human trafficking, but also to raise public awareness of the problem. Flight attendants have thwarted these criminals in the past, but putting an end to human trafficking will require a coordinated and sustained effort as well the commitment of the entire transportation industry.”

-Laura Glading, President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants

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