LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After a sudden death in the family, a Los Angeles mother and her 10-year-old daughter caught a last minute flight, and when they landed in Denver, they were met by police because Southwest Airline employees had flagged them as human trafficking suspects.
In a three minute video, Mary MacCarthy recorded her interactions with Denver Police Officers and a Southwest employee two weeks ago.
“The flight attendants were just concerned about the behavior when you boarded the aircraft. That’s all we’re following up on. We’re not suspecting anything,” an officer can be heard saying.
MacCarthy and her daughter flew to Denver from LA to attend her brother’s funeral.
“It’s okay, sweetheart. We booked the flight late last night,” MacCarthy can be heard saying.
“She does not need to be scared because you are not in any trouble whatsoever,” an officer is heard saying.
McCarthy said flight attendants called police for suspicious behavior after she had asked other passengers to switch seats so that she could sit with her daughter, who is biracial.
“Everything clicked in my brain then. I suspected we had been racially profiled,” MacCarthy told CBSLA.