An intense campaign by AFA-CWA has resulted in the Senate introducing the Stop Trafficking On Planes (STOP) Act, to fight human trafficking with proper training for aviation workers. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the bill this week. Similar bipartisan legislation, the Secure Our Skies Act, was introduced in the House last month by U.S. Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV-01) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10).
"Everyone recognizes the horror of human trafficking, but we must turn our outrage into action," said AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson. "We commend Senator Klobuchar and Senator Warner for introducing this legislation that will allow us to stop traffickers from using our skyways as a means to transport innocents to a life of slavery. Trained Flight Attendants can serve as 100,000 eyes in the skies to save lives by recognizing and reporting signs of trafficking."
The bill requires training for Flight Attendants and pilots of air carriers to identify and report human trafficking.