American Airlines agent saves 2 teenage girls from human trafficking scheme

Law enforcement officials say that a quick-thinking airline employee, aptly named Denice Miracle, likely saved two teenage girls from a human trafficking plot.

Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California's Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on Aug. 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR.

Miracle said the teenagers, who were trying to board a flight to New York, had a small number of bags with them, but no form of identification and no adult guardians.

The vigilant employee began to think something was seriously wrong when she noticed that the tickets, both first class, were purchased online with a credit card under a name that did not match what either of the teens had provided.

"It was a first-class ticket. It was very expensive. I told a supervisor, 'I'm going to call the sheriff. It just doesn't feel right to me,'" Miracle said.

When deputies arrived at the airport, the teens admitted that their pricey tickets were purchased by a man named "Drey" who they met on Instagram.

Apparently, the stranger told them that if they flew to New York for the weekend, he would pay them $2,000 to model in a music video.

Authorities say they located "Drey" on social media, but after briefly making contact with him, all of his accounts went dark.

"We attempted to look him up on Instagram," said Deputy Todd Sanderson. "Just a few minutes after our contact with him, he erased all of his profiles on social media."

When Deputy Sanderson informed the teens that their tickets had no return flights, he said they became defensive before ultimately accepting what could have happened to them.

"They were somewhat flippant about – 'No, that can't be true' – and I said, 'No, the airline says you have a one-way ticket, and in my belief, you're going back there not to do the things that you think you were going to be doing.' And they said, 'I wouldn't let anything happen that I didn't want.' And I said, ‘Well, you probably wouldn't have a choice in the matter,'" Deputy Sanderson said.

Following the incident, the teens were reunited with their parents, who were likely surprised to learn their daughters weren't spending the night at a friend's home like they had been told. 

American Airlines commended Miracle for her brave actions, saying that her employee training played a role in saving the girls' lives.

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MUMBAI, INDIA - 2009/02/01: An Indian taxi driver on the streets of Mumbai. He is a rural migrant guestworker and says openly that he and his friends tend to buy sex from Nepalese girls. Many men in India prefer the Nepalese women because of their 'innocent looks'. Many of the women and girls they pay to have sex with are sex slaves, trafficked across the border from Nepal.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - 2009/01/30: Bombay. City of Dreams. For a fortunate few the dream comes true. Others may see both their dreams and their future betrayed. Every year some 12,000 girls are trafficked from Nepal to brothels in India, where already 200,000 Nepalese women and girls are working. Most of these sex slaves are conned into making the trip with offers of ficticious jobs, others are simply sold to the traffickers and brothel owners.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - 2009/02/03: A man leaves a house in the red-light district where numerous Nepalese women and girls who have been trafficked across the border live and work, often as sex slaves, locked up and servicing as many as 10 men or more per day, paying off fictitious debts.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - 2009/02/01: Rajan lives in the brothel area in Kamathipura where numerous Nepalese women and girls who have been trafficked across the border live and work, often as sex slaves, locked up and servicing as many as 10 men or more per day, paying off fictitious debts.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SUNAULI, NEPAL - 2009/02/07: Maiti Nepal's anti-sex slave workers, who are patrolling the Nepal/India border crossing points, find a girl on a bus who doesn?t know the name of her new alleged place of work. She?s taken off the bus by forcible means. After some quick calls she is informed that the job she was heading for in India, a job as a secretary, doesn?t exist. She lowers her gaze upon finding out. She?s sent home to her family and gets her childhood back. Maiti Nepal is an organization fighting the sex trade in Nepal and the trafficking of girls and women into India.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SUNAULI, NEPAL - 2009/02/08: Maili, who works for Maiti Nepal, questions girls and young women who may be being trafficked across the border into India as sex-slaves. She always looks the passengers in the eye and asks the young girls: 'Where are you from?' and 'how well do you know the people you are travelling with?' Maili says that it is easy to see if someone is lying. 'We ourselves have been in exactly the same situation as those we are questioning.' Each car, bicycle taxi and bus is checked. Last year 1,618 girls were rescued and got their childhood back. Approximately 12,000 broke through Maiti Nepal's cordon. The odds are on the traffickers side.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SUNAULI, NEPAL - 2009/02/08: Maili, who works for Maiti Nepal, walks through a bus looking for girls and young women who may be being trafficked across the border into India as sex-slaves. She looks the passengers in the eye and asks the young girls: 'Where are you from?' and 'how well do you know the people you are travelling with?' Maili says that it is easy to see if someone is lying. 'We ourselves have been in exactly the same situation as those we are questioning.'. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SUNAULI, NEPAL - 2009/02/10: The slave traders provide the girls with fake IDs and instructions on how to behave in order to dupe Maiti Nepal?s frontier guards. The latest smuggling trick is to hide the girls in gasoline trucks, or simply to drive past the border guards at full speed in jeeps with tinted windows. Maiti Nepal is an organization fighting the sex trade in Nepal and the trafficking of girls and women into India. They have border patrol guards manning the numerous crossing points twenty four hours a day.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - 2009/01/19: Breakfast at the Maiti Nepal Rehabilitation Center in Kathmandu. Maiti Nepal is an organization fighting the sex trade in Nepal and the trafficking of girls and women into India. About 200 women and children live at the Rehabilitation Center. Everybody here has one thing in common - they are all former sex slaves or children of sex slaves.. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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