Drivers accused of preying on female passengersPublished: 55 mins ago
A growing number of drivers working for Uber, Lyft and similar taxi services have been accused of sexually assaulting female passengers.
And many of them have Muslim names.
Two Uber drivers – Hassan Ibrahim, 48, and Salim Salem, 47 – were charged last week in connection with sexual assaults against female college students at Michigan State University, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The two men are accused of using their Uber driver jobs to prey upon college students.
Ibrahim faces one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with a Feb. 14 incident, according to East Lansing police. He turned himself in March 11 after a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Salem faces two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct related to a Jan. 16 incident, and he turned himself in Tuesday.
Both were released on $5,000 bail. Salem’s bail includes a condition that he not work as an Uber driver or cab driver in the future.
East Lansing police said in late February they were investigating two drivers who allegedly made unwelcome sexual advances toward female MSU students, the Free Press reported. Multiple women complained of inappropriate touching.
Hassan Ibrahim, left, and Salim Salem were charged in East Lansing, Michigan
The news comes just days after another Uber driver in California – Omar Mahmoud Mousa, 52, of Anaheim – was charged with raping a woman at an Anaheim motel, as WND reported. Police said they suspect Mousa likely has other victims and are asking the public to come forward with information.
Omar Mahmoud Mousa was charged with raping a 21-year-old female passenger.
In another incident reported Feb. 12 by News 4 Jacksonville, Ismael Esa allegedly climbed into the back seat of his car and assaulted a female passenger who was seeking a ride home from her boyfriend’s apartment.
Esa got into the back seat, locked the doors and started fondling the woman, who was a student at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Esa was then accused of stalking his victim, who won a court-ordered injunction against him in January, according to Jacksonville.com.
Ismael Esa was charged in Jacksonville, Florida
David Wolf, an attorney representing the Florida woman, said Lyft, like Uber, markets itself as a safe and family friendly service but doesn’t do enough to make sure passengers are safe.
Uber screens potential drivers using a third-party company, which runs automated background checks, according to the company’s policy.
But that’s not enough, says Wolf.
“What we’re seeing prominently is that advertising without any substance behind the advertising,” he told News 4. “You do a simple background check that doesn’t mean a person hasn’t been caught. Where is the supervision, where is the accountability, where are the conversations?”
In another case in November 2015, Dallas police arrested a 34-year-old Lyft driver for allegedly raping a female passenger.
Loai Faheem Laila was charged in Dallas
Police found Loai Faheem Laila hiding in his brother’s garage, the Dallas Morning News reported. He was being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $1 million bond because a tipster told police that Laila intended to flee the country.
The victim told police she had been at a bar in Dallas and became separated from her friend around 3 a.m. Nov. 7 in the 2900 block of McKinney Avenue.
She told police she ordered a ride from an app-based service and she was picked up by a man in a black Chevrolet Tahoe.
After a short distance, Laila allegedly began to inappropriately touch the woman. She resisted, and he pulled onto a “dark side street,” where he raped her in the back of the Tahoe, police said in court records.
Local media, cops cover up backgrounds of immigrants
Almost never do the police or local media provide background details on these predator drivers such as their immigration status or country of origin.
One exception was the case of Philadelphia Uber driver Abdellah Elkaddi. In June last year Elkaddi was accused of raping a 24-year-old woman who had called for a late-night ride home.
Abdellah Elkaddi was charged in Philadelphia
The judge in that case set bail at $1 million, and part of the reason for the high bail was that Elkaddi is a native of Morocco who had been a U.S. citizen for seven years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Elkaddi, 46, was arrested hours after the woman said he attacked her early June 11, according to Philly.com.
She fell asleep during the drive home, the woman told police. She woke up to Elkaddi groping and mounting her, Philly.com reported.
“Get off of me! What are you doing?” she yelled seven or eight times as he raped her, according to court documents.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/uber-big-problem-muslims-raping-u-s-women-in-taxis/#iZFMSSwqFmm3tOVw.99