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Delta donates over 100 flights to human trafficking survivors, $1.5M to hotline

By: Paige Hubbard 

Delta Airlines is donating over 100 planes to end modern-day slavery. This comes after a flight attendant that works for the airline, identified a child of human trafficking.

“I couldn’t let him get off that plane without… someone of authority taking a second look, making sure this child was safe, said Sadie, a Delta Air Lines Flight Attendant.

The airline has partnered with Polaris, the operator of the National Human Trafficking Hotline for a program called “SkyWish”, a miles donation program.

According to the International Labor Organization, 25 million people have been identified as victims of human tracking. They also say 71 percent of labor-trafficking victims report traveling on planes to the United States during their exploitation, airlines can play a major role.

To help change that narrative Delta Air Lines has donated $1.5 million to Polaris. In 2017 the airline donated $1 million the hotline as since reported a 35 percent increase of survivors.

Houston had been coined as the largest hub for human trafficking. Just last week, Fort Bend County officials announced that they were able to arrest 64 people on sex offender related offenses.

But most importantly, they were able to rescue 5 human trafficking victims and 2 adults.

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