Uber driver

A California Uber driver eavesdropped on a conversation between 2 female passengers and discovered they were pimps running a sex trafficking ring. Uber driver Keith Avila is being hailed as a hero for helping police bust up the ring and rescue a 16-year-old girl.

In Elk Grove, Calif., Avila picked up 3 passengers -- a teenager and 2 adult women. After eavesdropping on their conversations, Avila realized they weren't friends -- the women were pimps and the girl was a prostitute.

"They started like talking, like saying everything that was going on. Like what they’re doing, child sex trafficking," Avila told ABC13. He said he couldn't ignore what was happening. Walking away "wasn't even an option."

Avila said he overheard the women advising the teenager to "hug" her johns to "make sure they don’t have no weapons." The women also told the girl to "get the donations first," before any sexual acts, according to ABC13.

Avila dropped the women off at a Elk Grove Holiday Inn, where the teen was to meet up with a john.

Avial said he called the police who quickly arrived at the location.

“They do not play. Not when you’re doing child sex trafficking,” he told ABC13.

Police arrested Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly on various charges of pimping and pandering. A man identified as "Disney Vang" was arrested for having sex with a minor.

"He could've said nothing. Went on his way, collected his fare," said Elk Grove police officer Chris Trim. "And then that 16-year-old victim could've been victimized again by who knows how many different people over the next couple of days, weeks, months."

  • Taylordanes

    Good for him.... saved this lost child from who knows what...

  • shaylynnn

    Bless his heart & soul.

  • Desiree Edwards

    We need more people like this!

  • teather

    I hope they protect him from here onward. He's in DANGER. Why would he show his face, etc. What a brave soul he is, but dang it, he could end up dead. Those ladies are most likely women who grew up in the game and now recruit young girls. These two aren't the true pimps. But, when he reads this post, he'll go crazy.

  • cherrypie

    Good people do still exist.

  • Taylordanes

    I would not have let them show my face even though Im sure they may remember his face but to put his name and face out there...not cool.

  • luVn_liFe…

    BRAVO!!! Big ups to you Sir. One more child saved.

  • puppylove

    I think the male is the john who was also arrested.

  • Just saying

    He will reap what he sowed. He sowed such a good act I hope his current or future daughter(s) will be protected from treacherous activities and people! Good for him and I hope this is the start of a new life style for the girl rescued!

  • VM

    Human trafficking is the worst I'm glad he didn't hesitate to call the police.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    I hope dem low life women rot in jail. This happened to my cousin at age 17. The woman got 18 years.

    The cab driver and doctors said they had never seen a person alive that had been toutured that badly.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Hopefully this leads to someone snitching, which leads to more arrest, which leads to more kids being saved. I hope it has a ripple effect. I hope 2017 has more good news like this.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Hi sunshine

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Oh, my. Jussie, I'm sorry your cousin went through that, but I'm glad she made it out alive. Hope she is healthy and happy now.

  • Jen_no_juice

    I'm glad he called and got them arrested instead of just recording the convo and putting it on social media

  • Libra80sBaby

    These hoez uptop is pathetic. Do ya OWN hoein

  • MsSincerity

    The chick on the left looks like Yaya Dacosta. Anywho, you gotta be pretty dumb to go through the details of something like that, while in the presence of somebody else. Did they not think he was gonna tell or were they hoping he would hear and he would be a customer too? smdh

  • puppylove

    Some good news. Serena Williams is engaged.

  • Sexy CJ
  • YouWontSayItButIWill

    Not really news we care about it. This story is more interesting.

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Snitchin. But I'm glad the "child" is no longer selling herself.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    She alive....her live breaks my heart. Just a beautiful girl. She was honored several years back for the adversity she over came...but i cant imaganine. Tourtoured soul.

  • Libra80sBaby

    lol

  • fresnostateofmind

    He did a full on TV interview in the news. Sex trafficking is really bad in Sacramento. He said the girl looked like she was 12 years old.

  • puppylove

    I don't find it interesting. I find it sad. What is interesting is that the women got arrested but their real pimp is nowhere to be found.

  • puppylove

    I don't find it interesting. I find it sad. What is interesting is that the women got arrested but their real pimp is nowhere to be found.

  • puppylove

    I don't find it interesting. I find it sad. What is interesting is that the women got arrested but their real pimp is nowhere to be found.

  • Akili

    Exactly!! Props to this man for actually doing something.

  • Akili

    Exactly!! Props to this man for actually doing something.

  • Akili

    Exactly!! Props to this man for actually doing something.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Just reminded of the negavtity.

    No one deserves that.

    Holla

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Just reminded of the negavtity.

    No one deserves that.

    Holla

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Just reminded of the negavtity.

    No one deserves that.

    Holla

  • klwbaby

    I hope Disney Vang has a good time in prison...?

  • SpiceGirl

    glad he did...and perhaps she was being forced.....

  • CaliVirgo

    Ok..sell yall own damn pussay..

  • luVn_liFe…

    HOLA beauty! how's your young man doing?

  • CaliVirgo

    Chile don't fall into that foolishness... that was a child one who don't know the difference between her cooter and a hole in the wall..

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Chick on the right got some ears on her, straight Ben Stiller style. The guy in the middle's the hero? He looks like he was booked and locked up too. Must've been a rough night. Glad these trashwomen are in jail!

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    I think the guy in the middle is the customer, "Disney Vang".

  • Taylordanes

    Yep ..... Aint nothing wrong with that....... why let a pedophile get away and pimps?

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Ohhh ok. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • RespectSelf

    But why they always be looking busted though... like I be like you risking your life and doing stuff that we get you locked up to still look like a broke B. Might as well work at McDonalds... Money clearly not popping.

    I would hope anyone would do that if they heard what was going on. But I wonder does this showcase the fact that maybe other drivers didn't? Since they felt so comfortable talking about everything in front of their driver.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    The driver needs a medal and a reward!!!! Wow!!!

  • brooklyn23

    I did the uber 8hr class, and this was spoken about. I dont remember what course of action the instructor said a driver was to take, but reporting to the cops is definitely common sense. Sighs the world we live in

  • Rayne

    I'm glad he's nosey. Sometimes it pays to be nosey and just listen.

  • Nataliegaye

    Good man...

  • Liah

    Good Man!

  • Carmen Harrison Johnson

    GOD BLESS HIM

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPNLc8xHhgCr9XfpCs9fX0g Simone Green

    He is a good man and we need more like him.

  • TeeTee

    you really just don't know how bad tho...

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Ears and nose. Good lawd, she outta there...

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Yes. Dumbo lookin' ass bih

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Lord, forgive me... dang it.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Why does the one chick look like she's happy or taking a photo opt? She doesn't seem the least bit concerned, scared, upset, or moved.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They probably know they wouldn't get much for their own..

  • hoochie?

    Thank God she didn't have to smash Disney that day..

  • T3

    Right. She's like, oh, it's picture time?!?!?!?? ?

  • Michelle

    Disgusting. Thank God he spoke up. Ugly, dirty, worthless b@@@@@s. Hope they rot in hell.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Forgive me too Jesus!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ???????

  • S T

    Oh he is?!?! ??? I thought that was the 'john'! Oh lord!!

  • S T

    Oh he is?!?! ??? I thought that was the 'john'! Oh lord!!

  • S T

    Right?!? This era peeps watching full out crimes and uploading. Corny af.

  • S T

    Oh no. How is your cousin now? Is she safe? How did she get caught in the tangle of that?

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    ???? yea another poster informed me. I was confused

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Dumbo on the right looks like a giant keebler elf.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    She looks like dumbo ? !!!!!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    All day

  • S T

    It is. If you ever have time, here is a harrowing story of child trafficking and survival. Out of control.

    https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Past_Issues&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=26111

  • S T

    its become common for them to traffick using commercial airlines too. It's sick and people must be vigilant. If ever u have time, check out this story of child trafficking and survival. Link below:

    https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Past_Issues&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=26111

  • S T

    Nah I was thinking the same thing that u did, at first. In this crazy world, we never can be too sure!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Right, glad im not the only one that was confused.???

  • Lolalao

    Why the heck is she smiling? ?

  • Lolalao

    Ikr!

  • Lolalao

    He saved a life!! That's awesome ?

  • yallcrazy

    She do look goofy as hell

  • mark

    It's very wrong and the adults are responsible but I bet you the 16 year old was willingly hoeing

  • KB

    Yes indeed.

  • T Kenny

    2 nasty ass DBR women.. hide ya kids!

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Don't she?? And has the nerve to be laughing like it's funny. If it were her child she wouldn't be lauging.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Right! Ain't ish about this mess she's done is funny.

  • VM

    Thank you so much for this information. I'm reading it now and I remember watching a documentary about human trafficking in Texas; it was horrible and heartbreaking at the same time. It's shocking how these people get away with it and we need more laws in place to make these perpetrators pay for what they're doing. I pray a hedge of protection and release for those that are trapped.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Really??? You trippin real hard that child was being victimized show some respect. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1b0af7623fcd43dc62f4e65b5525bfbfbad301e627b2726be4cc690d448e9da.gif

  • mark

    No. I'm a medical professional who works in infectious disease. I treat many young women for std and sadly MANY choose to do this willingly but will have you think they are victims. Do not get me wrong the adults should pay but like I said I bet you she was willing. They need to charge many of these young men and women as well as the pimp.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Much better thanks sunshine.

  • Oxtailsngreens

    One looks like a light skinned Dieon Sanders.

  • Blood

    That 16 year old was probably a willing H O E he need to mind his business next time lol

  • Vikki

    These two dusty hood rats need to be slapped. Looking dumb and stupid

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Dirty low females

  • Gamer?? Chick

    I agree that all adults should be charged but no child should have to suffer at the adults expense. 18 and older we can't control what a legal teenager does.

  • mark

    But are you understanding that I work with youth and many choose that life. Do not be fooled thAt all are victims

  • mark

    seems your talking much but understanding little as you still have not understood my words as your reply does not con inside with my two responses

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    The one on the right looks like she could be Hazel E's sister, that one sister who made very bad choices in life.

  • micamarie

    I work as a case manager for a specialized department of probation program for child sex trafficking in Los Angeles and NO let me Repeat NO girl wants to do this, circumstances happen and it turns into a form of survival. I'm so thankful for the Empowerment project that is now rehabilitating these youth which 80% in LA are African American instead of criminalizing them. I have a masters degree in counseling and a BA in psychology my youngest survivor started being trafficked by her sister at 11 as they were in foster care and she had been molested too they got her hooked on meth and trafficking became a method of survival not because she wanted to do it or liked it 98% of the survivors have been molested and exploited from a young age

  • Kjibbers

    Good for the driver.
    It is sickening that women would be pimps.

  • S T

    Yeah in Texas, particularly Houston and southernmost cities, the traffickers have air, ocean, interstate, and borders. All of these entities allow quicker transport and "export", of the perpetrators and victims. It makes Houston one of the highest trafficking 'markets' in the Northern US. Well it was in 2012. Not sure where it falls now. Stay vigilant!

  • Jussjess25

    Thats an amazing man ?

  • Devante

    May the lord bless him ten fold

  • mark

    I work with probation agency yearly at the health fair in South l.a as well as judges send young wemon convicted of prostitution to me for testing and counseling as a way to forgo jail time. As I said some are victims and many willingly do this as a way for cash. My statement will not change as I no what I'm talking about. Yes rape drugs family abuse poverty mental health issues etc May be the root cause but many of these girls still choose this life and deny treatment or help. As I said some are victims but many choose it. Trust me I'm the one having detailed intimate clinical session with them. By no means am I faulting the true victims but yes there needs to be a law to equally punish young women who choose this and pimps. As a probation officer I assume you know your legal history of the American penal system if not Netflix 13. Alot of these men getting to much time for working with some young prostitute as if she was a real victim not knowing she properly initiated it. Again some and although controversial just speak with some inglewood judges

  • fresnostateofmind

    I don't. But I have several friends that work in preventing human trafficking, and it breaks my heart to hear what the victims go through.

  • VM

    Wow, the documentary was recently so it is still going on strong. It's going on in my hometown, here recently in Birmingham they have discovered a human trafficking ring. All of those ways of importing people against their will makes it harder to cease and desist their operations. I will stay vigilant and you do the same, and if you ever have anymore information please don't hesitate to share.

  • S T

    Will do. There's a hotline for people to call if they have credible evidence or indication of it going on on commercial vehicles (trains, cabs, airplanes)...
    National Human Trafficking Hotline, toll-free, 1-888-373-7888

  • laidbackgal4real

    You ain't lyin ?

  • 19awesomegrl97

    the 16 yr will need serious help...

  • VM

    Thanks again.

  • TexasMocha

    Why is it that it's only nasty perverted men that are suggesting that the 16 year old was a willing participant??? She is a minor & needs caring for, protection, & proper guidance Sickos

  • TexasMocha

    Why is it that it's only nasty perverted men that are suggesting that the 16 year old was a willing participant??? She is a minor & needs caring for, protection, & proper guidance Sickos

  • mark

    Only an idiot who did not read my post would say That. Hello ms idiot. I have treated 13 year olds who thought they new more than there parents and yes decided to be a prostitute. As adults we know she is misinformed and easy prey but she does not yet care or know herself to know better. So again ms idiot in my state licensed clinical decision yes some many young girls and men choose this.

  • TexasMocha

    Well the hit dog is hollering...what u say???? Hey, f o o l your aren't the only one with degrees & certifications in this area. You talk like you are out of control. Like you you wish she was a willing participant. That's all I'm saying. Look & if you are working in any field associated with aiding children you need to be fired. We don't need people like you around the kids.

  • mark

    All these attacks and your dumb ass did not read or cannot understand. Obviously you do not have the degree or certification in this area and may be not a general education as cleArly you can not comprehend. Go speak with judges who deal with youth prostitutes to gain a cleArer understanding. O and by the way. I'm going private practice mid JanuAry. So thanks.

  • JanusMaximus

    Disney Vang's mug lookin' pretty rough

  • valleyofdolls

    why, so you can hit?

  • valleyofdolls

    who are you to call someone an idiot? It sounds like you wish she was a willing participant. The point is that she is a minor REGARDLESS, end of story. If she was willing does not negate the fact that the adult has the ultimate decision. If you're a person in the clinical field with degrees and such, you would know what sexual abuse is and how it affects children. She could have been willing but under the guidance and force of adults, now I'll bet you that! Next time you want to say idiot, look in the mirror first. Oh and get out of the clinical field.

  • valleyofdolls

    So what would you suggest? Let them keep hoeing?

  • Blood

    Sorry Im not gay I rather suck some dick not eat pussy that's not my thing!

  • mark

    I'm calling you an idiot as I already stated that if you would read to comprehend and not just to speak. The difference is I said it should not negate the fact she may have initiated the practice. Also your going crazy for young girls but said nothing as I did about the many young boys gay and straight saleing themselves for money. Same thing. Some are taking advantage of. Some choose due to there circumstances and many are just fast little kids not listening to there parents like one 16 year old I treated who tested positive saleing his ask for car. And a year later tested positive for everything else. Yes minor end of story for the adult now let's deal with child and see what if a punishment is needed. I called you an idiot due to you sending me messages about things I have all ready stated. Again im the professional in this area. Trust and respect me as I would you if you have a licensed profession. Bish

  • WiserWords2

    You need a license to work at the Clinique counter?

    You wrote "I have treated 13 year olds who thought they new more than there parents and yes decided to be a prostitute." A 13 year old doesn't have the maturity to understand or appreciate the consequences of being a prostitute. All they think about is what they want -- in this case, money.

  • mark

    Your another idiot as I stated that. Try reading all and. Quoting all. No you need a license to provide family planning Nd std prevention. You thought you were funny? Thats the difference between us which is why I'm the professional. It's not funny that 85 percent of all new hiv infections in the 14 thru 24 age range
    Do better asshole

  • shutupforever

    see something say something. hope that girl gets support, too often these kids land right back in that life because they don't have it. #pray4victimsofchildsextrafficking

  • Genia W-m

    That's what happened to that wife and mother who was abducted in CA.

  • Aaron

    Thank God, Bless this man.