Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Figures Show 15 Sex Assault, Indecent Act Complaints against Winnipeg Cabbies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Figures Show 15 Sex Assault, Indecent Act Complaints against Winnipeg Cabbies

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Figures show 15 complaints against cabbies

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WINNIPEG - CTV Winnipeg says it has obtained figures from the police service showing that over the last year, 15 allegations of sexual assault, indecent acts and suspicious circumstances have been made against cab drivers in the city.

The statistics represent complaints filed between Jan. 1, 2015, and Feb.19 of this year.

Jackie Traverse, founder of an ride-sharing service for indigenous women called Ikwe Safe Rides, says the cope of the problem is "huge."

She says hundreds of women have signed up over the past six weeks.

Driver Deanna Thompson says there is a recurring theme among many of the women using the service -- "they're mostly afraid."

The Winnipeg Taxi Alliance says it takes the accusations seriously. …

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