“Sexual assault allegations in Halifax taxis spark warnings,” CBC News, July 25, 2016:
A spate of taxi drivers accused of sexually assaulting women in Halifax has police investigating the perpetrators and offering safety tips to the public.
There have been 14 sexual assault complaints in the Halifax area against taxi drivers over the last five years.
“It’s horrible and it shouldn’t happen, but we have a great number of cab drivers that are out there doing their job day in and day out, getting people to their destinations,” said Insp. Lindsay Herndon of the Halifax Regional Police.
“For many of them, it’s incredibly concerning to have these incidents going on by a handful of individuals that are tarnishing their entire industry.”
Police earlier said there had been 12 sexual assault complaints against taxi drivers in the last five years, but provided updated numbers on Thursday.
What police know about the people involved
In seven of the 14 cases, police have identified suspects. Police have identified six suspects, meaning they believe one of them is connected to two of the attacks — but they would not give any other details.
Police say the attackers are men, mostly with dark hair and aged between 30 and 50. Most spoke with an accent and many had moustaches.
In 11 of the 14 cases reported in the last five years, the victims were women aged 19 to 25. In most cases, the passenger sat in the front seat. In each case, the passenger was alone in the taxi or the driver waited until other passengers had left.
“In many of the incidents, the offenders insisted on no payment for the drive either before or after committing the sexual assault,” Halifax Regional Police said.
“The offenders often asked personal questions and attempted to flatter the victim.”
In 10 of the 14 cases, the assaults involved the taxi driver touching the woman in a sexual manner or forcibly kissing her, both during the ride and at the destination.
Some of the men asked for a kiss or pulled the victim in closer….