That's what happened when Denise Miracle, a ticket agent working for American airlines, saved two teenage girls from what appears to be a potential human trafficking plot.
When two girls, aged 15 and 17, tried to board a flight to NY from California's Sacramento International Airport on August 31 without identification, adult guardians or proper luggage, ticket attendant Denice Miracle chose to call the authorities.
"Between the two of them, they had a bunch of small bags".
Police said predators frequently befriend victims on the internet before luring them away from home.
"I think the way they kept looking back-and-forth at each other like they weren't really sure. This just doesn't feel right to me, '" Miracle told CNN.
The teens were apparently shocked to find out that the two tickets they were attempting to use were one-way because they were told they were round-trip. 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.
The girls told the deputies they were flying to NY to meet a man named "Drey" who had contacted them through Instagram. A sum of $2000 was promised as compensation.
The girl's parents were later told by the Sheriff's Department that they were victims of attempted human trafficking. "And they said, 'I wouldn't let anything happen that I didn't want.' And I said, 'Well probably you wouldn't have a choice in the matter'".
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"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.
Miracle "probably really was their miracle that day, whether they want to believe it or not", Deputy Todd Sanderson told reporters.
Two teenage girls who thought they had landed dream modelling jobs in NY were saved from a sex trafficker by a vigilant airline worker.
Sanderson praised Miracle for her actions and said he believed she possibly prevented the girls from becoming victims.
What she did next could have saved the girls from a tragic outcome such as a life in captivity.
When sheriff's deputies arrived, the 15- and 17-year-old girls told deputies they had met a man called "Drey" on Instagram, and he had invited them to NY for the weekend to earn $2,000 for some modeling in music videos.
Mr Sanderson tried to make contract with Drey, who immediately deleted all of his social media profiles, confirming suspicions that he was deceiving the girls.