Worst spots for sexual harassment in Taipei MRT identified

05/09/2021 04:07 PM
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Zhongxiao-Fuxing Station. CNA file photo
Zhongxiao-Fuxing Station. CNA file photo

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Taipei Metro police have found that most cases of sexual harassment and secret photography in the city's mass rapid transit (MRT) system over the past five years occurred at three downtown stations, led by Zhongxiao-Fuxing Station.

It was followed by Taipei Main Station and Zhongxiao-Dunhua Station, the Rapid Transit Division of the Taipei City Police Department said in a statement Sunday, noting that the results were obtained through big data analysis.

Greater Taipei MRT lines handle about 2.2 million riders a day, and most cases of secret photography and sexual harassment -- usually involving the buttocks or chests of victims -- have occurred at stations with heavy passenger traffic.

The metro police analysis found that most sexual harassers strike in train carriages and on escalators, while those who take photos without consent usually operate at the entrance/exit of a station and on escalators as well, according to the statement.

Sexual harassment offenses occurred mostly during the morning rush hour between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. while offenses against privacy were more likely in the evening 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., metro police said.

They said patrols have been reinforced at 16 stations on the list of hotspots for such crimes, and more effort has been made to establish files of repeat offenders to make it easier to identify them, if necessary, the police said.

Thanks to those efforts, the metro police arrested a man surnamed Chien (簡) in his 70s in March on charges of sexual harassment at MRT stations, the statement said.

(By Huang Li-yun and Elizabeth Hsu)

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