The girls had no identification, were unaccompanied by adults and had two first-class tickets booked by another person with a fraudulent credit card, according to an airline news release.
Denise Miracle, who works for American Airlines, said she became suspicious when two girls, ages 17 and 15, approached the ticket counter at Sacramento International Airport.
Sacramento Sheriff's deputies believe they helped stop two teens from unknowingly being lured into the sex trafficking trade. It appeared to the service agent they were running from home.
'They kept looking at each other in a way that seemed fearful and anxious. "It just doesn't feel right to me, '" she said.
The man, identified as "Drey", promised the girls jobs in modeling and entertainment.
"They were somewhat flippant about - "No, that can't be true" - and I said, 'No, the airline says you have a one-way ticket, and in my belief, you're going back there not to do the things that you think you were going to be doing.' And they said, 'I wouldn't let anything happen that I didn't want.' And I said, 'Well, you probably wouldn't have a choice in the matter, '" Deputy Sanderson said.
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. However, it seemed odd that Drey did not bother to buy a return ticket for the girls from NY back to Sacramento. But investigators said the flight could have altered the girls' lives forever after they traveled to the airport without their parents' knowledge.
At first, the girls didn't believe they had been tricked into a trafficking situation.
While Sanderson questioned the girls, he said he was unaware that the girls had Drey on speakerphone the entire time, and he was listening to the conversation they were having about him.
Sanderson praised Miracle's presence of mind which could very well have saved the teenage girls from meeting with a potential sex trafficker.
Sanderson said the girls told him that a man named Drey on Instagram hired them to do modeling work in some music videos and offered to fly them to NY.
"I fully believe [Miracle] probably prevented these girls from becoming victims", said Sanderson. The ticket agent called Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies, who soon learned the girls had been furnished the plane tickets by a man they met on Instagram.