Thanks to her quick thinking, those girls likely avoided falling victims to a human trafficking scheme.
Miracle, an American Airlines agent at California's Sacramento International Airport, was working at the ticket desk on August 31 when two girls, aged 15 and 17, approached her counter, according to KOVR. Meanwhile, Miracle called the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's Airport Bureau, whose deputies later reported the girls had called a man named "Drey", whom they had previously met on Instagram.
"Between the two of them, they had a bunch of small bags", Miracle said in an American Airlines statement.
"I explained that I believed they were being sex trafficked and that they would become prostitutes of some sort in NY and that they wouldn't have had a choice in the matter", Sanderson said.
'They kept looking at each other in a way that seemed fearful and anxious. "It was very expensive", she said.
The teens had one-way first-class tickets bought under a different name - but no guardian or proper IDs, so she called the police.
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According to the airline, the two girls told officials a man they met on Instagram named "Drey" invited them out to NY for the weekend to earn $2,000 to do some modeling in music videos. Deputies said the girls were shocked when they learned the tickets were only for one-way flights.
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.
"In my opinion, what was going to happen was they were going to go back to NY and become victims of sex trafficking", Sanderson concluded.
"I'm proud of Denice and how she put her training into action to save these children", said AA General Manager Aleka Turner.
"I fully believe Denice probably prevented these girls from becoming victims", Deputy Sanderson told Fox. He had promised to pay them $2,000 to model and act in a music video, law enforcement sources told the station.
The girl's parents were later told by the Sheriff's Department that they were victims of attempted human trafficking.
The worker said it was a gut instinct to get help. "She is a testament to the critical role our frontline team members play each and every day in the operation and the lives of each person they come in contact with". "She's a true professional with a huge heart".