Cabbies rape 15 teenages in 6 weeks

June 25, 2016
Dion Chance
File The woman shows the cuts she got after jumping from a taxi, whose driver she said attempted to abduct her.

The Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) has issued a stern warning to teenage girls to avoid travelling in illegal taxis.

The warning comes against the background of a growing number of reports of rape committed by robot taxi operators.

There have been 15 cases of rape involving teenage girls and illegal taxis operators in the past six weeks.

According to head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Superintendent Enid Ross, at least eight of the cases have been recorded in the Corporate Area-Kingston, St Andrew.

"We are trying to put the pieces together. We are trying to see how many taxis are involved in all of this. The message I am trying to send out there is that we must encourage young people not to take unregulated taxi for one simple reason: There is the possibility of being raped,"

The National Council of Taxi Associations (NCOTA) has joined the police in warning teenage girls to be careful in making their taxi choices.

"I have always said that rape that is being committed is by unregulated taxi men," Dion Chance, president of NCOTA, told THE STAR.

"A man just come out on the road and say him a run taxi. For example, him commit rape in an area him just move to another area and operate. I am in agreement with CISOCA, It is going on. Persons have a responsibility to take regulated cars that can be traced," he said.

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