Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A stewardess in the south-west of the city turned to the police on suspicion of “human trafficking”

Police briefly detained a white woman and her two-racial daughter as they disembarked their Southwest Airlines flight in Denver because a flight attendant said she suspected the mother of trafficking.

After being questioned by the police, they were both allowed to continue on their way, but the mother demands an apology for the incident late last month.

“During the meeting, my daughter was crying,” Mary McCarthy told NBC News on Friday about how the incident affected her 10-year-old Moira. She managed to film part of the meeting with her mobile phone.

“I told them, ‘Look, we are going to die, and she is a black girl who is 10 years old, but looks much older than her.” Unfortunately, she already had charges of meeting with the police. In such a situation, any child will be scared, ”she explained.

According to a Denver Police Department report, officers went to the airport to investigate “a report of possible human trafficking reported by a Southwest Airlines flight attendant.”

The case was subsequently closed and the report noted that the flight attendant’s suspicions were “unfounded” and no further action was required.

McCarthy said the family was “deeply traumatized by the suggestion that just because we have a different skin color, [that] we are involved in a very serious crime. “

Mother and daughter flew from Los Angeles to Denver to attend the funeral of McCarthy’s suddenly deceased brother.

The flight attendant said the two were suspicious because they were the last on board and asked the other passengers to switch seats so they could sit together, according to the police report.

The flight attendant also said she did not see the two talking to each other and that McCarthy told her child not to speak to the flight crew – both McCarthy’s claims were denied.

When the police approached her after the flight, McCarthy said that she went into “panic mode”, fearing another death in the family.

She also said that she later received a call from the Denver Police Department’s anti-trafficking section. She told NBC that she has yet to receive an apology.

Southwest said it was investigating.

“We were disappointed to learn about this mother’s account when we were traveling with our daughter,” the airline said in a statement. “We are conducting an internal analysis of the situation, and we will contact the client to resolve her problems and apologize for her travel experience with us,” the airline said.

The statement says the staff are receiving “extensive training on trafficking in persons.”

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