Denice Miracle surely lived up to her name when she essentially rescued two teenage girls from what law officials are calling a “human trafficking scheme”.
“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.
On August 31, 2017, two young girls aged 15 and 17, approached Miracle at the ticket desk in the Sacramento International Airport in California- attempting to board a flight to New York.
The Airlines agent found it odd that the minors were traveling without adult supervision, or with any form of identification. She became extra suspicious when she noticed that the tickets, which were first class, were purchased online by a man later identified by police as “Drey”.
As it turns out, the young girls met Drey on Instagram, the popular social media platform, where he promised them $2000 to come out to New York for the weekend and model in a music video.
“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.”
Fortunately, police were able to nip this scary situation in the bud and reunite them with their parents. They explained to the girls that this was not what they thought it was. When the girls became defensive and claimed that they “would not allow anything to happen that they didn’t want”, they got a cold, yet important reminder that they probably would not have a choice in the matter.
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