Deputies credit the quick instincts of an American Airlines ticket agent from preventing the girls from being tricked.
Denise Miracle, an American Airlines customer service agent, sensed that something did not seem right when two teenagers - aged 15 and 17 years, who have not been identified - came up to the ticket counter at Sacramento International Airport, California, where she was working on August 31.
"Between the two of them, they had a bunch of small bags", Miracle said.
"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.
American Airlines agent Denise Miracle told WISTV: "They kept looking back-and-forth at each other, like they weren't really sure. 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. 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 man apparently told the teens that he would fly them out to NY for the weekend to model in a music video. 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.
When deputies arrived, the teenagers told them they met a man called "Drey" on Instagram, who invited them to NY for the weekend to earn $2000 for some modeling in music videos. A sum of $2000 was promised as compensation.
Sanderson said that he informed the teens that their tickets didn't have a return flight and that they became defensive and seemed dismissive about what could have happened to them.
Law enforcement officials believe the girls would have likely become sex trafficking victims.
The incident occurred last summer, according to American Airlines, but the company is sharing the story now to encourage people to "identify and report signs of human trafficking". Suspecting something bad was happening, she made a quick call to police that saved their lives.
An airline employee noticed that the girls looked uncomfortable and something wasn't right before they got to security processing at Sacramento International Airport. When deputies called the number for "Drey", the call failed and, and when they checked his Instagram account, his social media profiles were deleted.