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California Uber driver saves teen girl from sex trafficking

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    A man leaft the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco in Dec. 2014. A Sacramento Uber driver is being credited for helping save a 16-year-old girl from child sex trafficking.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> A Sacramento Uber driver is being credited for helping save a 16-year-old girl from child sex trafficking.

The Sacramento Bee reports that driver Keith Avila picked up two women and a teen and hear them talk about delivering the girl to a “John” and getting money from him.

Once Avila dropped them off at a hotel, he called police and began streaming live on Facebook.

Elk Grove Police spokesman Officer Chris Trim says police detained 25-year-old Destiny Pettway and 31-year-old Maria Westley. They were later arrested and charged.

Police found the teen with 20-year-old Disney Vang in a hotel room. Vang was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor, and has been released. The victim was a runaway. Authorities are trying to locate her parents or guardians.

Uber thanked Avila for his quick thinking.

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