Guangzhou police detained the driver of a ride-hailing app who’d been accused of taking a drunk female passenger to a hotel and raping her, police reported yesterday.
The 21-year-old woman told police that she’d been picked up by the driver after a night out on May 29 and fell asleep in the back seat. Hours later, she woke up in a hotel room with the driver, who’d later admitted to having sex with the woman while she was inebriated.
The woman wasn’t able to recall which car-hailing app she’d used.
After investigating surveillance footage taken from the hotel room, police were able to identify the driver as a 29-year-old local man surnamed Deng, SCMP reports.
This is the first case of its kind to be publicly reported in mainland China, and is expected to raise safety concerns as well as further scrutiny from regulators who’ve been cracking down on drivers operating illegally.
The two most popular apps in the Chinese market include Didi Kuaidi, backed by Alibaba and Tencent, and the San Francisco-based online firm Uber. Neither of the two companies immediately responded to Channel Asia News reporters’ requests for comments.
Uber, however, has seen its fair share of scandal outside of China. A 26-year-old woman in New Delhi sued the company after claiming to have been raped by one of its drivers in December.
Prosecutors in California sued Uber in December over its background check policies after similar cases were reported in the US.