Uber Driver Stops Child Sex-Trafficking

Anyone can be a hero

Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly who allegedly was caught trafficking a 16 year old girl
Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly who allegedly was caught trafficking a 16 year old girl

It’s really true – anyone can be a hero in someone’s life.

An Elk Grove, California Uber driver was simply doing his job one day.  He picked up two women and a 16 year old girl and drove them to a Holiday Inn.

“They started like talking, like saying everything that was going on. Like what they’re doing, child sex-trafficking,” Avila said.

As soon as the three entered the hotel Avila called the police.  “Police arrived fast. They don’t play. They do not play. Not when you’re doing child sex-trafficking,” he said.

Avila called the police because he heard the two women, Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly, allegedly explaining to the scared 16 year old how to do the job.

“You’re gonna hug them, you’re gonna pat them down, make sure they don’t have no weapons. You ask him, ‘Do you have any weapons?’ And then ask for the donations. Say ‘Do you have my donation?’ Get the donation first. And then before you go in and do anything, get the donation first.”

Avila knew this wasn’t right.  Especially as he looked in the eyes of the 16 year old girl who was being forced to have sex with men for money.

Police arrested the two women for various charges relating to pimping and pandering.

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,” Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said.

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You don’t need to be a police officer, a first responder, a detective to be a hero.  This man was doing his job as an Uber driver and potentially changed the course of this 16 year old’s life!  If we keep our eyes open to those around us, maybe we can be a hero in someone’s life too.

Vicky Wilson
Vicky is a wife and a mom to two of the most wonderful, spectacular and maddening kidlets ever! There is never a dull a moment!