Predators Warned After Alleged Uber Rape
Sexual predators driving taxis or rideshare vehicles have been warned technology makes it easy for the law to catch them.
The police warning was prompted by the "traumatic" alleged rape of a teenager inside an Uber in Sydney.
She was allegedly preyed upon on Sunday morning while travelling home after a night out in the CBD.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton warned any taxi or ride-share driver contemplating a similar attack that their movements were being monitored by technology such as CCTV and trip tracking.
"If you are someone who engages in this predatory behaviour, we are going to catch you," he said.
"We get very co-operative support from the ride-share providers and taxi industry who help us with investigations every day - be that sexual assaults or any other offence."
The 17-year-old's two friends left the vehicle in Bondi moments before the attack.
But instead of taking the girl to her destination in North Bondi, the 37-year-old driver allegedly set upon the sleeping teen.
"It is alleged she was asleep at the time of the incident," Mr Walton said.
"It's a very traumatic incident but she has the support of family and police are ensuring she is looked after."
The man was arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
He was granted bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court on October 25.
An Uber spokeswoman said the driver's access to their service had been revoked as soon as the company became aware of the reported attack.
"This is deeply upsetting," she told AAP in a statement on Tuesday.
"We are working closely with NSW Police and will continue to support their investigation in any way possible."