A woman claims she was sexually assaulted earlier this month once after getting into a taxi to take home from a friend’s place.
Unicity Taxi is now investigating the woman’s complaint about the latest taxi ride. Winnipeg police confirmed that officers have received a report, and the City of Winnipeg’s Vehicle for Hire office is opening an investigation.
Michelle Hanslip, 32, first shared her account of what happened on Facebook, saying she sat in the cab around midnight after a rally on the night of June 11, but did not get home.
She said she fell asleep in the vehicle and was found naked several blocks from her house.
“Something happened to me,” said Hanslip, who said she woke up the next morning, cut and bruised.
She had been to St. James the night before to celebrate his friend’s anniversary with some drinks and a swim in his friend’s pool. The last thing she clearly remembers is getting a taxi that she thought took her home.
Hanslip said she shared the cab with her ex-boyfriend and left St. James just before midnight. On the way home, she said they both fell asleep.
Hanslip claims her ex was thrown out of the cab and she never got home. Instead, she said she was found around noon. 2 a.m. by a person on Mountain Avenue, about six blocks from her place on Redwood Avenue.
She said the person who found her called Winnipeg police and officers took her to her mother’s house.
“I did not feel right the next day,” Hanslip said. “I was found naked. I’m not just walking, I walk places naked. I was wearing clothes.”
She’s not sure exactly what happened, but Hanslip said she told officers who picked her up that she had been sexually assaulted.
Winnipeg police confirmed Thursday that they received a report of sexual assault, but are unable to provide further details.
Unicity Taxi said it only found out about the incident Thursday morning after someone shared a post Hanslip made on Facebook on Wednesday.
Manmohan Gill, head of Unicity Taxi, said the company is investigating her concerns.
“We started investigating and it’s still in process,” he told CTV News Winnipeg.
Gill said the driver who drove the Hanslip remains at work awaiting further investigation.
“This kind of thing should not happen,” Gill said. “If something like this happens, there should be justice for it, if anyone is guilty.”
No one has been charged and none of Hanslip’s allegations have been tested in court.
The City of Winnipeg’s Vehicle for Hire office has not received an official complaint about the incident, but has promised to open an investigation immediately.
Hanslip said she underwent a sexual assault investigation at the Health Sciences Center on June 13 and now hopes investigators can get to the bottom of her concerns.
“I just hope more people come forward after hearing my story and I just want them to know that they are not alone,” Hanslip said.
Hanslip said she was scheduled to meet with officers from the Winnipeg Police Service Thursday night.
The city’s Vehicle for Hire office has previously pointed out that in addition to cameras, there is also mandatory sound recording in taxis.