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Police issue warning against using illegal taxis, 15 related rapes reported recently

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 PM

The police have issued a formal warning to teenage girls especially, to avoid using illegal, unregulated taxis after 15 rapes were reported in the past six weeks.

The police say illegal taxis were linked to all the alleged crimes.

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

She said one person is in custody.

 

Enid Ross-Stewart, the head of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse

Despite the reports of the rapes in which robot taxis were figured, latest figures from the Jamaica Constabulary Force point to a reduction, nationally, in the number of rapes reported so far this year.

For the period January 1 to June 4, the police recorded 204 cases of rapes, 29 per cent less than the figure - 289 - for the similar period last year.

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

In March, the Transport Authority made it mandatory for all taxis be colour coded.

Under the standard, Hackney Carriages must display a black and yellow checkered strip between the headlights and tail lights of the vehicle, while Route Taxis are mandated to display a black and white checkered strip.

All taxis must display a yellow taxi globe on the centre of the roof of the vehicles.