Uber driver helps rescue girl out of sex trafficking. How to identify (& Rescue) a Victim of Sex Trafficking

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Police are crediting Northern California Uber driver Keith Avila for helping rescue a teenage girl out of sex trafficking—a girl he gave a ride to in his car, along with her two suspected female pimps on Monday night, according to a report by ABC7.

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

Avila says he had just picked up the two women and a 16-year-old girl and brought them to the Holiday Inn, where the two women allegedly pimped the girl out to a man for sex. Minutes after dropping them off at the hotel, he called the police to alert them of what was going on.

Related: How To Identify (And Rescue) A Victim Of Sex Trafficking

“Police arrived fast. They don’t play. They do not play. Not when you’re doing child sex trafficking,” he said.

Police arrested the two women, Destiny Pettway and Maria Westly, for various charges relating to pimping and pandering. KTXL reports that the man who was purchasing the teenage girl, identified as Disney Vang, was arrested for sex with a minor.

When asked if he was afraid and why he made it a point to alert the authorities, Avila answered simply:

“I can’t just drive away. I’m mean, of course not. That’s not even an option. Honestly, I didn’t think about it. They said what they said, and it’s one of those things that you just do.”

Avila says it was the conversation between the adult women and the girl who tipped him off to the suspected crime that was about to go down.

“‘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.’”

Related: This New App Helps You Stop Sex Trafficking While You Travel

And all the while, Avila says the victim was obviously just a kid.

“I looked at her in the eyes. She had this face of innocence, and like insecure,” he said.

Police are grateful to Avila for getting involved and making a difference.

“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.


This is the reality of what we’re fighting against. Prostitution, sex trafficking, and porn are more closely linked than society would believe, and it’s time we spread the facts. The truth is that sex trafficking is a global issue, and it is only made worse by pornography. Any form of sexual exploitation only fuels the demand for the sex trade as a whole.

RelatedThe Inseparable Link Between Porn And Human Trafficking

Obviously, human trafficking is an underground business, making firm statistics hard to come by. But the facts in cases that come to light are chilling. For example, in 2011, two Miami men were found guilty of spending five years luring women into a human trafficking trap. They would advertise modeling roles, then when women came to try out, they would drug them, kidnap them, rape them, videotape the abuse, and sell it as pornography.

Research shows that men who go to prostitutes are twice as likely to have watched a porn film in the last year compared to the general population. It’s also not surprising that when these customers show up, many come ready with porn images in hand to show the women they’re exploiting what they want to do.

And they’re not the only ones using porn as an illustration. “Pimps and traffickers use pornography to initiate their … victims into their new life of sexual slavery,” says Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, a former UN representative and a senior fellow at the Beverley LaHaye Institute. Through exposure to porn, these victims “get hardened to accept the inevitable and learn what is expected of them.”

Also, in study done in 2007 of 854 women in prostitution across nine countries, 49% said that porn had been made of them while they were in prostitution, and 47% said they had been harmed by men who had either forced or tried to force their victims to do things the men had seen in porn.

Related: Germany’s Legalized Prostitution Industry Looks Like A Real-Life Horror Movie

We fight to bring awareness to the fact that porn isn’t harmless entertainment, and the porn industry wouldn’t be where it is today without sex trafficking and prostitution.

Porn is commonly made of victims of sex trafficking and put online or sold to distributors. These sex slaves are forced, coerced, and abused into doing porn. For porn viewers at home, there is no way to know the dark origins of where the porn comes from. Stopping the demand starts with us.

Three Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Help Fight Sex Trafficking

1) The facts show that porn and sex trafficking are inseparably connected. SHARE this article to raise awareness on how to spot a victim and how to get help for them.

2) Stop the demand, rep the movement. Shop here:

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3) Check out the following nonprofit organizations to learn more about how you can get directly involved in the fight against sex trafficking:

Polaris Project
This Washington D.C.-based nonprofit is one of the most recognized organizations in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks by helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.

Rescue: Freedom International
Based in Seattle, Washington, this nonprofit has partner sites in 8 countries, that support sex trafficking victims and gives them “anything and everything a survivor needs to experience long-term healing and restoration.” While local partners are working on the ground, Rescue:Freedom is the supply line for that work by providing operational funding, scholarships, training, best practices, infrastructure, and other essential resources.

Operation Underground Railroad
O.U.R. takes a boots-on-the-ground approach to combatting sex trafficking by gathering trained extraction operations specialists to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts. These operations are always in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world.

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3 thoughts on “Uber driver helps rescue girl out of sex trafficking. How to identify (& Rescue) a Victim of Sex Trafficking

  1. From what I understand, the need for sex is a natural thing. Frick me if I’m wrong? Frick me if I’m right! Wait, dont frick me, it may be considered as prostitution when I pay for it (by going to work 9 to 5 and supporting my spouse?). Yep ‘having’ a wife IS PROSTITUTION by definition.

    I witnessed the after math of several cops (and other ‘first responders’) gang raping a prostitute. And it will never go to trial ~ “shes a crack whore”. So if you’ve got “Royal” mounted cops perpetrating gang rape in a small town used to train cadets, you’ve got a BIG problem that this article does NOT address. “They dont play” said of the cops in the above article…well, real life personal experience paints an alternative picture of 1/8th of members of the po lice ‘force’ in my town: they are cops that “play”. This gang sex by cops continues (years after): the prostitute now gets paid cash (instead of confiscated cocaine) for it, she says she “likes men in uniforms” so I guess its not rape. The cops now get relief from the stressful job of rescuing women from abusive men. The whore gets rent and drugs paid for. No victims here, riiight?

    Unless the author of this article is prepared to assist every (or any ONE) “whore” in TOTALITY and holistically, may one consider this article is intellectual masturbation?
    Our society is based on debt slavery and obedience to state sanctioned thugs (po lice) that do not have your best interests at heart…unless that changes, the abuse continues. Women are deathly afraid to testify against these vile po lice.

    Soo, lets talk about what to do about the need for sex and most societal treatment of it. IF you suggest that all prostitution is evil, you’d better suggest alternatives to what is currently occurring. Like the “Christian” house wife married to a man she does not love engaging in sex she does not enjoy. How many studies do you need to read to realize this is a social problem, as in imposed via acceptance of fiat currency, debt slavery and imposition of lack? Like the teenager that seduces the owner of a store to maybe get a job. Like the teenager that chooses sex work over some other vocation. Like a young woman who is told she must “earn a living” by her cool older friends (and society as a whole) and “party” in a hotel room. Like the Christian wife above.

    I’ve read most of the links above and wanting to learn more about the healing aspect, choose a link “hands that heal” booklet. Instead of getting information to help ppl, I got a link that opens to “become a member” for $9.99 (or whatever). Riiiight. Non-profit, riiight. Healing over cash. Riiight. How are the t-shirt sales going? I’d donate $9.99 to see those cop rapists tell their mothers/sisters what they do “on duty”.

    Has the writer of this article experienced being a victim, a perp or healer ? To what degree has the writer investigated these organizations ? Remember, its the PEOPLE of an organization that helps or hinders. Follow the money…

    “Stopping the demand starts with us.” WTF!?! How about chop off every man and woman’s genitals? It seems that “the demand” for sex is insatiable, and this article sure aint gonna stop it.
    How about accept sex as a natural part of life ? How about being loving when speaking and acting on it? BY ALL MEMBERS of society, including those “god fearing” ppl that see god as a man in a cloud pointing at ppl genitals and saying “bad”. How about making it so sex is what it is, a natural need of most humans? How about solutions on how to feed that need in the best way possible? Why do ppl turn to porn in the first place?!? These questions are COMPLETELY ignored in this article, so is the fact of abuse by those hired in trust: po lice, judges, people involved in organizations promoted as ‘helping’ victims.
    Would there be a negative sex trade if everyone had all they need (sex/food/shelter/inet) ?

    Some of these “organizations” that “help” ppl “get out of” these situations actually contribute to the mess. WashingTON DC seems to be the pedo capital of the USA, Polaris (home base WashingTON DC) doesnt seem to be “helping” those victims, maybe its helping the perps?

    It seems that two out of three of the linked organizations in this article may not be entirely candid as to what is going on in their organizations…

  2. Yes, sex trafficking is the biggest and most profitable business of all, of this dark manifestation , and mostly has been done under the names of religion, involving Sadhus , father’s , Maulana’s , rabbi’s , pundits those are doing all the worships , they are the all the criminals in our face.. But even when one is liberated , that is a joy and a hope for others to be get liberated soon by good hearted people like Avila. Thank you Avila. Victory of the light , love and peace forever more. Namastey

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