Young white women in Halifax have had a tough go of it lately. Getting into a taxi is not what it used to be. Instead, they are playing a game of “Halifax Roulette,” where they could have a two per cent chance that their cabbie is a rapist.
The Rebel was at the Halifax Provincial Court yesterday, live tweeting the case of cab driver Bassam Al-Rawi, who has been charged with sexually assaulting a young Halifax girl. We don’t know at press time whether the judge will find Al-Rawi guilty or innocent, but in Canada's clown world of a justice system, Al-Rawi has a passport and is free to leave the country. As he left the courthouse, I asked Al-Rawi if he would remain in Canada for the verdict, or if he will leave the country. Al-Rawi would not answer.
Of course, in Canada one is not charged with “rape,” instead the catch all term “sexual assault” is used. Phrasing is important here, not just in the charges, but in the descriptions of the suspects. Police have a duty to protect vulnerable Canadians. Instead, they look like they are capitulating to Islamist lobby groups in the interests of political correctness.
“There's no such thing as a Middle-Eastern-looking person,” the Arab Institute told Canada’s state broadcaster, hoping the police would quit describing suspects. The young women of Halifax might beg to differ when they are making a decision whether or not to get in a cab late at night.
There are currently 610 taxis in the “Halifax Zone” and in 2016 the Halifax Regional Police said that there were at least 14 cases of sexual assault involving cab drivers (which we know is an under-reported crime). By these numbers, you have a whopping two per cent chance that any individual taxi driver in Halifax has a history of sexual assault.
Halifax's municipal council may add several hundred more cabs and update rules mandating GPS systems in the coming months. The percentage of dangerous cab drivers might go down, but not necessarily the number of victims.
Would you take those odds?
Would you let your wife, husband, daughter, or sister take those odds?
I hit the local entertainment districts of Grafton and Argyle Street in downtown Halifax to find out.