There is of course no mention of the rash of sexual assaults by Muslim taxi drivers, but in the modern media reading between the lines has become an increasingly important skill.
Even in a licensed cab, there is often a niggle at the back of any female passenger’s mind: will I get home in one piece? While the vast majority of male taxi drivers are of course completely safe, many women simply feel less vulnerable with a female driver
To understand the rise of female cabbies and female taxi firms in the UK, one need only look at stories like these.
Zahoor Mahmood, aged 40, was described as a ‘sexual predator’ when he was jailed yesterday for sexually assaulting two women he picked up on nights out in Sheffield. The father-of-four, who worked for City Taxis, attacked both women within three weeks last summer.
Atiq Rehman, 20, spotted his 22-year-old victim leaving a club and tricked her into thinking he was a taxi driver. He then lured her into the back room of a corner shop and attacked her on a mattress for 45 minutes.
Taxi driver Larasab Hussain, 46, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old after she had been repeatedly abused by two other men.
Ibrahim Selman went on the run to the Sudan days after holding a female passenger hostage, repeatedly raping her and leaving her for dead in the street. Now one of his victims is demanding an investigation into how Selman managed to get the licence which allowed him to operate a private hire taxi in Edinburgh.
A married taxi driver dumped a woman’s body in a canal because he didn’t want the community to find out he had slept with her, a court heard.
Mazhar Rashid, 43, tied breeze blocks around Emma Ewart’s body and put a plastic bag over her head before leaving her in a Bedworth canal last May.
Asif Iqbal, from Newport, South Wales, was convicted of raping the passengers – but police fear many more women may have been attacked on late-night rides home.
A Taxi driver kidnapped and sexually assaulted a female passenger in an hour-long ride of terror, a court heard. Mohammed Saddique told his 23-year-old passenger he thought she was “up for anything”.
A taxi driver from the Black Country has been jailed for 10 years after raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl. Mohammed Yunis was told he had “ruined” the victim and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
A taxi driver who subjected a passenger to a horrifying abduction and rape has been jailed for eight and a half years. Khalile Maqsood raped the 20-year-old at knifepoint after driving her to a deserted car park in Billingham last September.
Abul Malik, 29, was jailed for seven years today after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old student when she could not pay for her fare home.
A minicab driver has been jailed for nine years for his part in gang-raping two Christmas revellers. Salam Rahman, 27, and his friend, 26-year-old Mohammed Elahi, also a minicab driver, attacked the pair in separate attacks before Christmas. The women – a City worker and a newlywed – believed they were on their way home safely after they were picked up in Elahi’s cab,
A Birmingham taxi driver was today beginning a six year jail sentence for the brutal rape of a 16-year-old girl passenger. Private hire driver Ghulam Haider collected the student from her boyfriend’s house but drove her to a derelict church graveyard where he attacked her.
A judge has said “nobody can travel with any safety in a minicab” in London, after Assadullah Razaq, 31 an Afghan refugee cab driver was sentenced to eight years in jail for raping a woman passenger.
Mohammed Naim Rashid, 21, was jailed for seven years and Abid Hussain Sadique, 21, for four by Leeds Crown Court in November 1997. There were 20 victims, some as young as 12, who had been groomed for sex by a ring of private-hire drivers. They were abused in a room above the taxi office.
Shahjahan Islam, of Meldreth Road, Longsight, was initially charged with rape after the woman was attacked after getting into a private hire taxi in Manchester city centre last year. The victim, who cannot be identified but lives in Bury, had been enjoying a night out with friends when she decided to go home in the early hours of August 25 last year and got into a taxi driven by Islam.
That is of course the problem with getting into a taxi driven by Islam.
According to the female-only taxi story, “it’s not only women who prefer a woman behind the wheel. ” And you can see why.
Elhadi Sahkri of Thorn Court, Pendleton has been charged with three counts of rape.
At about 4.15am on Wednesday 27 June 2012, a 18-year-old man left a nightclub on Princess Street he got into a taxi on the opposite side of the street.
He asked if he could take him to Rusholme, the driver drove off in that direction. He stopped the car and asked the victim to get out. The driver forced him up against a wall and raped him.