At the end of October, the police carried out an inspection of the transport of people to the application. 12 drivers who had fake driving licenses and other documents were detained. Some of them were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The police also published statistics showing that 69 sexual crimes against women have been recorded since 2016. – This is probably a drop in the ocean, because I think that many women, unfortunately, for various reasons, do not disclose this type of crime – said Urszula Nowakowska from the Women’s Rights Center Foundation in TVN24.
The police also continue to carry out checks in other voivodeships. After the action of the Warsaw police, statistics were published, which show that from 2016 to 2022, the prosecutor’s office recorded 69 cases of sexual crimes against women using the application.
The safety of passengers, especially women, was discussed by the guests of the Tuesday edition of “Tak jest” on TVN24 – Adrian Furgalski, president of the board of the TOR Economic Advisors Team and Urszula Nowakowska from the Women’s Rights Center Foundation.
Nowakowska: the problem is much bigger than the police revealed
Urszula Nowakowska noticed that taxis can be dangerous, and not only in those that are ordered via applications. – You need to be careful. I think that the number of cases that is disclosed is probably a drop in the ocean, because I think that many women, unfortunately, for various reasons, do not disclose this type of crime – she pointed out.
She mentioned that women often do not want to report these crimes, they are dissuaded by their experiences, mainly from the police stations where they wanted to report the case. “They were treated not friendly enough, in a very suspicious way,” she said. – Often, after such experiences, they came to us and said: “I don’t want to anymore”, “the way I was treated when I told what happened to me in the taxi, strained my trust in law enforcement” – she mentioned.
“As I recall, 38 percent of the women who didn’t report said they were doing so for fear of being mistreated by law enforcement,” she added.
– So it is indeed a problem that is much bigger than revealed by the police, but it is very good that it is being talked about now and that the police are starting to carry out this type of action. I hope that it will educate officers to a greater extent so that they are not guided by stereotypes and that they approach women who have the courage to disclose it in the right way, she concluded.
Furgalski: companies must do more, but they also demanded statutory changes
Adrian Furgalski assessed that currently “it is clear that on the one hand companies must do more, but they also demanded statutory changes and the act is here”. – In my opinion, too modest, but at least requiring personal verification of the driver – he commented.
– When it comes to police checks, it’s very good that they exist. When we see that there are drunks, highs, people who have lost the ability to drive, people wanted by an arrest warrant, or people who should not work in Poland, it is necessary for the environment to cooperate with the police or the commune office so that this environment clean up this mob, he said.
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