uber rape

Ride share service Uber is under fire once again as one of its drivers has been arrested for suspicion of kidnapping and sexual assault.

Los Angeles police have reported that a 32-year-old driver, Frederick Dencer, was asked to take a 26-year-old woman home from a nightclub in West Hollywood. Instead of taking her home, Dencer took her to a shady motel, and as Lt. Paul Vernon said, “took advantage of the situation.”

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The woman woke up at 6 am with no clue as to how she got to the motel room and after turning down Dencer’s requests for her to stay, left and called police from a 7-Eleven.

The story gets murky when police found that although the woman has an account with Uber, she did not call them that night since her phone had died. Surveillance video does show Dencer helping the woman out of her car and eventually carrying her into the room.

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Dencer is being held on $1 million bail and was taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping for the purpose of sexual assault.

In the past, it has been shown that not only does Uber not properly insure their drivers; they also do not perform background checks on them either, unlike traditioaln taxicab services. Maybe if they had employed safer practices, this all could have been avoided.

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