The number of sexual assaults allegedly carried out by taxi drivers on passengers has risen by a fifth in three years, according to police figures.
The total of alleged sex attacks involving Uber cars, black taxis and illegal minicabs will be higher because the figures, obtained under freedom of information requests, relate to just over half the forces in England and Wales.
Campaigners said that the increase could be a result of more women being willing to report assaults in taxis or minicabs.
Katie Russell, of Rape Crisis England and Wales, said: “It’s an alarming figure but it is always hard to know whether the increase is due to a rise in crime taking place or an increase in sexual assaults being reported. Sexual offences have been massively underreported so an increase in willingness to report will play some part in the increases.”
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