Man Arrested in Relation to Abduction & Rape of Portmore Woman


The police have taken a man into custody in relation to the abduction and rape of a woman in Portmore St. Catherine, last week.

The woman was reportedly tied up and raped at knifepoint by an illegal taxi operator in Portmore after she took the taxi.

Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Highway and Road Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, says the investigation is at an advanced stage.

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In the meantime, the Transport Authority says it will be intensifying its commuter education programs to discourage persons from taking illegal transportation.

Corporate Communications Manager at the Transport Authority Petra-Kene Williams says a two-year-old survey shows that some thirty persons would still take illegal vehicles even if they had other choices.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.