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American Airlines employee saves two teenage girls from possible human trafficking plot

21 February 2018

The ticket taker, Denice Miracle, spotted the girls, ages 15 and 17, looking nervous at Sacramento International Airport on August 31, Miracle said in a statement released by American Airlines.

"Between the two of them they had a bunch of small bags", Ms Miracle explained in a statement to the airline.

"I think the way they kept looking back-and-forth at each other like they weren't really sure", Miracle said, "and then they were texting someone on the phone and that person was giving them answers". She alerted the sheriff's offices after feeling that something wasn't right.

"I fully believe Denice probably prevented these girls from becoming victims", Deputy Sanderson told Fox. The girls didn't have IDs, they were minors and traveling alone, their tickets were for very expensive seats in first class, and there was a problem with the credit card. The girls had not told their parents about the trip and were shocked to learn their tickets were one-way. In this photo, American Airlines signage is seen near the ticket counter in its terminal at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 10, 2004.

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The girls revealed that a man called "Drey" on Instagram had invited them to NY for the weekend to earn $2,000 (£1,425) by doing some modelling and performing in music videos. A sum of $2000 was promised as compensation.

"When I told them that they didn't have a flight home, that's when it kind of sunk in that maybe I was actually telling the truth", Sanderson said.

"In my opinion, what was going to happen was they were going to go back to NY and become victims of sex trafficking".

Deputy Todd Sanderson says the girls initially refused to believe they were in danger, insisting the idea that they were being preyed upon couldn't be true.

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A quick-thinking flight attendant has helped save two unsuspecting teenagers from becoming victims of sex trafficking.

An American Airlines employee and a police officer intervened and saved two girls from a suspected sex trafficker after noticing suspicious behaviour.

After the girls' initial conversation from the airport table, calls to Drey's phone stopped going through. I told a supervisor, 'I'm going to call the sheriff.

Sanderson said it would be hard to prosecute "Drey" from outside the state, as he was also likely using fake details and images on his social media accounts.

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It was also highly likely that the pictures Drey used in his social media account were faked, Sanderson said, making it harder for the police to positively identify him.

American Airlines employee saves two teenage girls from possible human trafficking plot