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AirAsia cabin crew, staff to be trained to detect human-trafficking victims

SEPANG: AirAsia has become the first airline in Asia to join hands with US-based Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) in a global effort to combat human-trafficking.
In the initial stage, 10,000 AirAsia staff across the Asean region will undergo professional training to identify victims of human-trafficking as well as the perpetrators.
"We have 20,000 staff around Southeast Asia, including 5,000 cabin crew. At least half of them will be the frontliners. They will be trained here in the KL Academy," said AirAsia Foundation executive director, Yap Mun Ching.
The basics of identifying a human-trafficking victim and profiling the criminals will be incorporated into the airline safety training programmes, she added.
Also on ground to share their expertise in handling human-trafficking issues on air were flight attendants-turned-AAI trainers Nancy Rivard, Donna Hubbard and Andrea Hobart.
"As airline staff, we meet hundreds of people everyday," Rivard said. "We can be the eyes in the skies and help victims of human-trafficking. We do not want commercial airlines to be used for modern-day slavery."
The American Airlines cabin crew, who founded AAI, had personally saved a Cambodian girl from being trafficked in 2009.
"Traffickers love the speed and convenience of commercial airlines. They like to travel on commercial flights to avoid immediate detection," Rivard said.
But with professional safety training conducted by AAI, cabin crew can now play an active role in detecting possible human traffickers on board their flights.
Echoing the same sentiment, fellow American Airlines stewardess Hubbard said people in her line of work can be trained to identify the human-trafficking indicators.
"Flight attendants are trained to spot situations that are not right via eye contact."
Relating her personal experience of being a victim of human-trafficking, Hubbard is on a crusade against the inhumane act.
"Victims need to know that airlines do not support human trafficking," she reiterated. "By rescuing the victims, we are telling them that our airline is a safe place to be in."
Since correctly identifying human trafficking cases on board four flights in 2009, AAI has developed the first industry-specific training modules and become the leading advocate for anti-human trafficking awareness in the global aviation industry.
A non-profit organisation (NGO), the AAI is recognised by the US Congress and the United Nations.
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