Mr. Speaker, New York City lights, modeling, and starring in music videos sounds like a script from a movie. So when two young girls met a man they knew as ‘‘Drey’’ on Instagram, they thought they had their ticket to the spotlight.
Little did they know they were about to be victims of human sex trafficking. The 15- and 17-year-old girls headed to the airport, ready to check into their American Airlines flight.
Denice Miracle, however, was working the American Airlines ticket counter when the girls approached. She noticed that the teenagers looked nervous.
They had too many bags, no adult was with them, and they had one-way, first-class tickets. Denise’s training kicked in, recognizing the red flags of human trafficking.
She immediately alerted law enforcement, and they came to the rescue. Thankfully, this story ends with both girls returning home safely.
They were not trafficked into the scourge of human slavery, in large part, because of Denice, who saw something and said something. We thank people like Denise Miracle for their work, for their personal involvement in rescuing these two girls from evil.
And that is just the way it is.