An Uber driver rescued a 16-year-old girl from sex traffickers after being asked to take her to an illicit meeting.
Keith Avila picked up the teenager and two other females who he realised were acting as pimps in Elk Grove, California.
The driver noticed a conversation taking place between them in which he realised the girl was being taken to the Holiday Inn for sex.
The New York Daily News reports hortly after dropping them off, he called police who quickly arrived at the scene and arrested Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly on suspicion of pimping.
A man identified as “Disney Vang” was arrested for sex with a minor.
Avila told ABC13: “They started like talking, like saying everything that was going on. Like what they’re doing, child sex trafficking.
“They (the police) do not play. Not when you’re doing child sex trafficking.”
The conversation inside Avila’s car included Pettway and Westly telling the 16-year-old to “hug them” and “make sure they don’t have no weapons.” Then the females allegedly told her to ask for “the donations.”
Avila said that the females warned the girl to “get the donation first,” before any sexual acts.
Elk Grove police officer Chris Trim said, “He could’ve said nothing. Went on his way, collected his fare.”
“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.”