Ride-hailing giants Didi under fire as second woman is raped and murdered by one of their drivers in four months


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The safety of ride-hailing giants Didi Chuxing's passengers is under fire again as a second killing has taken place involving one of their drivers. According to reports in the South China Morning Post, police found the body of a 20-year-old female on Saturday in China's eastern Zhejiang province. A driver for the Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi has been arrested after he confessed to the rape and murder of the 20-year-old. Investigations are still ongoing to gain a complete picture of the circumstances leading up to the murder. According to 9news, the victim was in a Didi carpool ride on Friday when she messaged a friend raising concerns about her safety. Police said her friend then lost contact with her. The 27-year-old driver of the vehicle, who has been named as a Mr Zhong, was found the following morning by police in Yueqing city. Didi Chuxing, who by number of trips alone, are globally the biggest ride-sharing firm said in a statement: "We are deeply sorry. We fell short of your expectations. We can't and won't shirk from our responsibilities". This is not the first tragic incident involving Didi. Back in May another woman was raped and murdered by one of their drivers who had been reported previously by another passenger who said he had repeatedly requested she sit in the front next to him and then followed her once she had got out his vehicle. Didi failed to follow up the complaint against the driver who then went on to kill his victim a day later. The company is currently in the process of expanding to countries such as Australia, Mexico and Brazil, where they will go head-to-head with Uber.
August 26, 2018 at 12:02AM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI Michael Murphy