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Mom Says Southwest Airlines Thought She Was Trafficking Her Biracial Daughter – CBS Sacramento


SAN JOSE  (CBS13/CNN) — A California woman is accusing Southwest Airlines of racial profiling, saying she was accused of human trafficking while traveling with her biracial daughter.

Mary MacCarthy of Los Angeles told CNN she and her 10-year-old daughter, Moira, were flying to Denver on October 22 after receiving news that MacCarthy’s brother had suddenly died.

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MacCarthy said they had a brief stop in San Jose and boarded another Southwest flight but realized then that they couldn’t be seated together.

“I asked flight attendants if we could be seated together but they told us we’d each have to take a middle seat,” MacCarthy said. “So with their permission, I asked other passengers if they would kindly move so we could be together, especially as my daughter was grieving, and they did. People are nice.”

A California woman wants Southwest Airlines to be held accountable after one of their employees suspected her of human trafficking her bi-racial daughter, and that the employee notified police.

When they arrived in Denver, MacCarthy said, she and her daughter were met on the jetway by two Denver police officers.

“I got quite a shock; having lost my brother the night before, I thought that someone else in my family had died and that police had been sent to deliver the news!” MacCarthy wrote in an email to Southwest Airlines’ media team, which was included in the police report.

“As for my daughter, she was terribly frightened: she was already experiencing the trauma of her uncle’s death, and she is scared of police due to constant headlines about how police treat Black people (she is Black). She began to sob and was inconsolable,” her email said.

The officers assured her nothing was wrong but said they wanted to question her and her daughter, MacCarthy said.

“They said they were here because my daughter and I were reported for suspicious behavior, acting suspiciously before boarding and while boarding,” she said.

“I took out my phone and immediately started recording. I told (the officer) who we were and that my daughter was crying because she had lost a family member,” MacCarthy said.

According to a report from the Denver police, “Both Mother and child were cleared.”

The report also noted that officers were responding to a “possible Human Trafficking reported by South West flight attendant” — but MacCarthy says she only found out two weeks later that she was suspected of human trafficking.

“I got a call from Denver Police human trafficking unit letting me know they were following up on the incident,” she told CNN.

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CNN reached out to the Denver Police Department on Sunday afternoon about MacCarthy’s claim but has not received a response.

MacCarthy accuses Southwest Airlines of racial profiling. She says she’s retained an attorney and wants the airline to be held “fully accountable.”

“I gave the airline plenty of time to contact me and apologize — over two weeks later, I’ve yet to receive anything more than two brief automated responses. The time for an apology is long past,” MacCarthy said.

In her email to Southwest’s media team, MacCarthy said she wanted a written apology from the airline, immediate reimbursement of the full price of their tickets, and “additional compensation to account for the trauma imposed on an innocent family, and especially on a grieving 10-year-old Black girl.”

Southwest Airlines said it is “disheartened” by MacCarthy’s account of the events and plans to reach out to her.

“We are conducting a review of the situation internally, and we will be reaching out to the Customer to address her concerns and offer our apologies for her experience traveling with us. Our Employees undergo robust training on Human Trafficking. Above all, Southwest Airlines prides itself on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for the millions of Customers who travel with us each year,” Southwest Airlines spokesperson Dan Landson said in a statement to CNN on Sunday.

“Had this been a White child, there would not have been a raised eyebrow,” MacCarthy’s attorney David Lane told CNN.

In our region, a minor who police say was a victim of human trafficking was rescued in Turlock earlier in October.

Turlock police say that on October 6, their Special Investigations Unit got a tip from Santa Clara police that a human trafficking victim was possibly frequenting the area.

With the help of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, authorities started trying to find the victim in or around Turlock.

On Thursday, investigators were able to track the minor to the 100 block of North Tully Road. The victim was then rescued by officers – who also said they found other evidence that showed the minor was being trafficked.

A 22-year-old man, Hayward resident Angelo Gabriel Fuentes, was soon interviewed by authorities and eventually arrested.

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Mom moves family into an RV to help pay debt, travel full time: ‘Life is too short’


After two years of “barely scraping by,” and living in debt, Karen Akpan and her husband Sylvester decided it was time to move their family into an RV to travel full time

Akpan, 32, told Fox News that they sold their California home in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit the U.S. Akpan, Sylvester, 43, and their 8-year-old son Aiden moved into their renovated RV by May of that year. 

“We were just sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the bills and living in California and barely scraping by,” Akpan told Fox. “We decided we just wanted to do something different for our son.”

Karen Akpan and her husband Sylvester decided it was time to move into an RV to travel full-time in February 2020.

Karen Akpan and her husband Sylvester decided it was time to move into an RV to travel full-time in February 2020.
(Courtesy of Karen Akpan)

She said she and her husband had several goals in mind when they made the move. 

“First of all, to pay off all our debt and then to create generational wealth,” Akpan said. “And then just spend more time together, which is so important to us because I feel like life is too short. And what matters the most is just you being around people that you love.”

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Now that it’s been about a year and a half, Akpan said her family has been able to pay off $200,000 in debt, about half of which was student loan debt. 

“It sounds scary when you say that because, to be honest, we shouldn’t have been in that much debt in the first place,” Akpan said. “It was absolutely nuts.”

The Akpans travel full-time, both around the U.S. and internationally with their 8-year-old son Aiden. 

The Akpans travel full-time, both around the U.S. and internationally with their 8-year-old son Aiden. 
(Courtesy of Karen Akpan )

Though they still have a little more credit card debt they’re working to pay off, Akpan said they’re almost done. 

“Right now we’re at the tail end of it,” Akpan said. “We have very, very little left.”

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Through their journey of paying off their debts, Akpan said she’s become something of an advocate for financial literacy, encouraging her friends and family to start their own Roth IRAs and learn more about ways to save for their future and avoid going into debt. 

“People don’t know these basic things that they could have that could help them, help their families, help them save,” Akpan said, adding: “So it makes it hard for you not to get into debt and make these silly mistakes when you literally don’t know.”

“To be honest, we shouldn’t have been in that much debt in the first place. It was absolutely nuts.”

— Karen Akpan

She added: “It is a mission of mine, especially this year, to talk about it and make people aware … especially with my friends. Just starting with my friends and my family who don’t know these things.”

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Akpan added that she and her husband have been educating Aiden along the way, while also starting to invest in his future through his own accounts, including a Roth IRA and a 529 plan.

“We have set up our lives in a way that we are not just pouring into ourselves and our future, but we’re already pouring into him right now,” Akpan said. 

The Akpans have been able to pay off about $200,000 in debt since they moved into their RV. 

The Akpans have been able to pay off about $200,000 in debt since they moved into their RV. 
(Courtesy of Karen Akpan)

Akpan talks about financial literacy and financial planning for kids on her blog, The Mom Trotter. She also runs a nonprofit called Black Kids Do Travel, where she encourages families of color to explore the world. 

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Aside from being taught financial literacy, Aiden is also homeschooled, which makes it possible for the family to travel full time, both around the country and internationally. 

“His learning has always been on the road,” Akpan said. “Everything is a learning experience for him. And the difference is that he gets to not only watch videos and read about it, he gets to see it. He gets to be there.”

"We were just sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the bills and living in California and barely scraping by," Karen Akpan told Fox. "We decided we just wanted to do something different for our son."

“We were just sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the bills and living in California and barely scraping by,” Karen Akpan told Fox. “We decided we just wanted to do something different for our son.”
(Courtesy of Karen Akpan)

Aside from getting to experience places first-hand, international travel also allows Aiden to learn about other cultures. 

“It’s really been very important to me to expose my son to different cultures and different people and everything and being able to travel internationally gives us that opportunity for him to appreciate and be respectful,” Akpan said. “I want to explain to my son: ‘Everybody will not do things the way you do it. And the fact that they don’t doesn’t mean that there’s something wrong with them.’”

“Being able to travel internationally puts us in a place where he’s right front and center of all of it, so he’s really learning to be a global citizen, which has really been a goal of mine.”

— Karen Akpan

“So I want him to actually see other people’s cultures, see how they live, appreciate it, ask questions and be respectful of it,” she added. “And being able to travel internationally puts us in a place where he’s right front and center of all of it, so he’s really learning to be a global citizen, which has really been a goal of mine.”

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Akpan told Fox that after the last year-and-a-half of full-time traveling, she’s still not ready to go back to living in a house.

“I’m not going back to that monthly mortgage,” Akpan said.”If we ever do live in a house, I always say this, we would have to buy in cash, to be honest. I cannot go back to monthly payments… I just can’t. Not with the lifestyle I’m living now.”

She added: “I can afford more vacations that are not strictly budget, where I’m counting pennies everywhere we go. So, living in a house would take that away from us again.”



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Houston Happens – The Travel Mom, new Houston Zoo baby and Crime Tip Tuesday



HOUSTON, TEXAS (CW39) It’s Tuesday and we’re adding a little sunshine on this rainy day! Join CW39 Houston host Maggie Flecknoe and meteorologist Star Harvey.

They’re talking about a gender reveal that has gone viral, all thanks to the dad-to-be’s reaction. Plus, there’s a new baby boy at the Houston Zoo! And did you know that May is National Foster Care Month. We speak to a doctor who was in the system and how she’s now helping other children in foster care.

Also, it’s Crime Tip Tuesday with the CEO of Crime Stoppers Houston, Rania Mankarious. Today she warns parents about how easy it is for kids to buy drugs and fake pills on social media.

Plus, Emily Kaufman aka The Travel Mom is taking us on a trip to Orlando! Oh and did we mention she’s giving away a vacation there?!

You don’t want to miss today’s show!


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Mom on TikTok Shares Helpful Coparenting Calendar For Kids


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Co-parenting visual calendar for your kiddo if they live in two households. This has been a huge at our house! #coparenting #tipsandtricks #calendar

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Though simple, one mom’s visual calendar might be highly effective for separated and divorced couples navigating coparenting. “If you’re coparenting right now I have a little trick that might help with your kiddo’s transitions,” she said before walking TikTok viewers through her coparenting calendar.

Here’s how it works: A designated color is used for each day of the month to indicate which parent the child will be seeing that day. Red dots above the date indicate coming or going, or rather, a day in which the child will have to travel between either house, and completed days are erased before bed so the child can easily locate the plan for the following day. She added, “My daughter had been struggling with transitions so giving her a visual to look at gives her a sense of control over the situation, which in turn has given her comfort.” Watch the TikTok above for the full rundown.





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Mom divides social media with controversial ‘tip’ for better-smelling laundry: ‘Don’t do this’


A new TikTok laundry hack has social media deeply, deeply divided.

The trick, shared by user Araceli Jimenez, claims to make your clothes smell better for longer — all while saving you money.

Basically, the trick offers an alternative for dryer sheets, which typically help soften and freshen your clothes they’ve gone through the washer.

As Jimenez claims in her video, you can replace (and improve on) dryer sheets by combining fabric softener and water, then dipping a rag into the mixture. After that, the damp rag can go into the dryer with your other wet clothes.

Some TikTok users loved the mom’s idea, saying it was “less wasteful” and that they couldn’t wait to test it.

“Definitely trying this,” one user wrote.

“Why haven’t I thought of this?” another asked.

Others, however, claimed it was bad for your laundry. Some wrote that the fabric softener had made their clothes spotty or stained.

“Don’t do this. It puts spots on your clothes. Don’t ever do this,” one user wrote.

“How to stain your clothes 101,” another added.

In theory, the hack can cut down on money and waste by eliminating the need for dryer sheets — and getting more loads out of your fabric softener. However, as Bailey Carson, head of cleaning for the household services app Handy, told Insider, it can also be harmful.

“This hack has the additional risk of causing damage to clothes in the drying process such as residue spots and in some cases lifting dye from clothing that can’t be reversed,” Carson told Insider.

Jimenez, meanwhile, told the outlet that she works to keep her softener-to-water ratio balanced to prevent this.

“I really try and balance the softener and water mixture and ring out the cloth or sponge I use for that not to happen,” she said.

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