January 26, 2017 11:33
Eight more women have come forward to say they suspect sexual assault by taxi drivers in Taiwan after a similar incident earlier this month. The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it has told Taipei of the new charges involving the eight women.
Their reports follow the arrest of a tour taxi driver last week for raping two Korean women. All of the women say they used the same unlicensed taxi tour operator, Jerry Travel, which hooks up taxi drivers with customers for a commission.
Most are in their 20s and said they passed out after drinking a beverage the cabbies offered them. They also recalled waking up feeling drowsy and returning to their hotels barely able to walk upright. One visited Taiwan this month and the others last year.
Taiwanese police believe the drinks were laced with a sedative.
The women were unable to give detailed accounts but contacted authorities here after reading news reports about the first two victims who raised the alarm.
The government has called on Taipei to conduct a thorough investigation. Taiwan has pledged to leave no stone unturned and keep Korean authorities updated on the progress of the investigation.
Around 800,000 Korean tourists visited Taiwan last year, many of them using tour taxi services.
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