Alert airline agent stops teens from being lured into sex trafficking

Deputies in Sacramento believe with the help of an alert airline agent they helped stop two teens from being lured into the sex trafficking trade.

Posted: Feb. 18, 2018 1:10 PM

SACRAMENTO - Deputies in Sacramento believe with the help of an alert airline agent they helped stop two teens from being lured into the sex trafficking trade.

Sacramento County Sheriff deputies are crediting the quick instincts of an American Airlines ticket agent from preventing two teens last August from being the victims of the sex trafficking trade.

"They had two tickets that were purchased the day before - first class tickets one way to New York," said Todd Sanderson, a deputy from SCSO.

The 15 and 17-year-olds tried to check in, but there were a few red flags.

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 account had been flagged as fraudulent. The card was stolen at some point and being used," Sanderson said.

The agent called sheriff deputy Todd Sanderson.

The girls told him that a man named Drey on Instagram hired them to do modeling work in some music videos and was flying them to New York.

"Unbeknownst to us, she was on the phone with him on a speakerphone," Sanderson said.

Drey the guy promising the modeling jobs was listening to the conversation she was having with the deputy the whole time.

Within minutes - his phone was disconnected and his social media accounts deleted.

"Another lesson to parents. We have to just be diligent. We empower our kids with these devices, but a lot of education needs to go with that and helping them manage that kind of technology," said Erin Przybylinsk, a parent who monitors their kid’s social media.

"I explained that I believed they were being sex trafficked and that they would become prostitutes of some sort in New York and that they wouldn't have had a choice in the matter," Sanderson said.

The girls didn't know that the tickets were just one way.

Both told their parents - they were spending the night at the other's house.

"Check behind your children. Don’t take what they say for granted. They’re children. They’re going to try and get away with whatever they can get away with,” said Mary Williams, a parent who also monitors their kid’s social media.

The sheriff's department credits the American Airlines agent, Denise Miracle.

They say she lived up to her name - preventing what could've forever changed those girls' lives.

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