Win with TomTom!

Be a part of our 2014 Tyre fitment survey and stand a chance to a win a TomTom Runner GPS watch. Enter now!

Win with Mitsubishi Mirage!

To coincide with the launch of its Mirage hatchback, Mitsubishi is giving away two Mirages with insurance for a year!

NYC taxis 'brothels on wheels'

2013-01-04 09:00

CATCHING A TAXI: Every New York taxi driver will have to watch a sex-trafficking awareness video when apply for or renewing their taxi licence.

kalahari.com

  • Video

    Learn more with this fantastic book. Now R1,595.00


    buy now

 
NEW YORK - All New York taxi drivers have been told to watch a sex-trafficking awareness presentation to help them avoid promoting prostitution, a crime in New York that carries hefty jail terms and fines.

The nine-minute video claims some drivers have used their cabs as "brothels on wheels" and driven prostitutes from client to client, sometimes taking a cut of their earnings from their pimp.

RAISING AWARENESS

Sex-trafficking and promoting prostitution is punishable by up to 25 years in jail and the equivalent of a R250 000 fine in New York, the video says.

Taxi drivers can also lose their taxi licence if convicted and face an additional penalty of up to R84 000.

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission has made the film mandatory for all drivers who apply for or seek to renew their licence.

Commissioner David Yassky said the aim was to ensure "taxi drivers don't become part of criminal activity" while ensuring they don't profile or discriminate against any passengers.

Watch the presentation taxi drivers are expected to watch here

NEXT ON WHEELS24X
Read more on:    video  |  punishment  |  prostitution  |  taxis

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

COMPETITION

Win with TomTom!

Be a part of our 2014 Tyre fitment survey and stand a chance to a win a TomTom Runner GPS watch. Enter now!

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.