A post describing how one perverted taxi driver molested a young girl for half an hour inside his car has gone viral on Chinese social media, horrifying all those who read it.
According to the post, the 17-year-old girl from Sichuan was visiting Hengdian in Zhejiang province with her friends on summer vacation. To take her to town, she called a taxi through a ride-hailing app. She chose to sit in the backseat initially. The driver engaged her in conversation, asking where she was from and why she was in Hengdian. Five minutes later, the driver pulled over abruptly and requested that she sit in the front seat instead, so that they “could talk more easily.”
“I’ve never encountered any bad guys before, so I switched to the front seat without giving it a second thought,” she told reporters. “The driver kept driving the taxi. He talked about his three-month health regimen and urged me to tell him if I wasn’t feeling well. I thanked him for his kindness, but declined. I never imagined that he would put his hands on my chest and tell me to take a deep breath.”
During the whole ride to town, the driver kept making up different excuses to touch her body, feeling up her breasts and her lower abdomen. “He even put his hands inside my panties to touch my private parts,” she said. All she could do was push his hands away.
“I told him that if he had something to say, just say it, and to stop feeling me up, but it didn’t stop him. He kept on harassing me, even going so far as to threaten me not to move an itch,” she said. From then on, she was molested for the entire ride, the driver only stopped touching her when he had to change gears.
The girl resorted to sneakily snapping photos of what the driver was doing and sending them to her friends. Once her friends received the pictures, they contacted the police, telling them to wait at the girl’s destination to arrest the perverted driver.
Here are the messages:
The girl: “His hand… Can I call the police?”
Her friend: “He is putting his hand inside your pants?”
The girl: “On my stomach.”
Her friend: “Not yet. Don’t do anything to make him angry.”
The girl: “Ok.”
Her friend: “Is he still touching you?”
The girl: “He wants to, but I am stopping him… He even touches my belly.”
Her friend: This is him?”
The girl: “My pants… His hand.”
Her friend: “How much longer does it take to get to Hengdian?”
The girl: “I’m almost there.”
Her friend: “We’ll report this pervert for sexual harassment when you arrive! Are you here?”
The girl: “No, he drives so slowly.”
The driver was picked up by police. However, so far, he has only been detained by 10 days and the taxi company has yet to issue an official statement on the incident.
Some netizens on Weibo surprisingly started to attack the girl, blaming her for dressing provocatively; fortunately, others rushed to defend the girl and put all the blame on the driver.
“I see some netizens questioning why the girl didn’t resist the driver’s advances or fight back. Seriously, she’s a 17-year-old girl! What do you expect from a high school student? She couldn’t have punched the middle-aged driver in the face, could she? It was pretty clever of her to message her friend and take photos for evidence,” one netizen wrote in.
“Can you guys stop blaming this girl who hasn’t done anything wrong? We should praise the girl for being brave and reporting the crime instead of lashing out at her,” another commented.
A similar incident occurred in May, with a taxi driver sexually harassing a 14-year-old girl while driving her back home from school.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via Sina]