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Queensland Uber Driver Faces Another Rape Charge

Police urge victims to come forward

Queensland Uber Driver Faces Another Rape Charge

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Police have laid additional charges following investigations into the alleged rape of women using ride sharing service Uber in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas.

Detectives from the Brisbane Inner West Child Protection and Investigation Unit today said a 47-year-old man has been charged with additional offences of one count each of rape and deprivation of liberty.

Police will allege around 11.30pm on September 4, 2015, a teenage woman was raped while using the ride sharing service in Ipswich.

A 47-year-old man who was charged earlier this month as part of ongoing investigations has been charged with additional offences of one count each of rape and deprivation of liberty.

He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on July 31.

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It comes as Queensland Police last week charged a second Uber driver with rape, in a separate incident involving a 37-year-old man from Aspley.

Queensland Police Acting Detective Superintendent Mick O'Dowd said while the cases were unrelated, it's possible there are more victims.

"We don't have any exact details of other incidents which is why we're asking by public appeal again for people to come forward," he said.

"We want members of the public who have over the past 12, 18 months or so or perhaps longer who have experienced any type of criminal offence against them of this nature to please come forward to police."

Acting Detective Superintendent O'Dowd has defended Uber as a service.

"These incidents do not, I suppose, indicate the behaviour and professionalism of all the other Uber drivers that are going about their business"

O'Dowd says all passengers using any transport service should take safety precautions. "Sometimes if it's late at night, perhaps not travelling on their own. Perhaps going with another person," he said.

"But it's important to say that there's always people that drive for Uber that are no doubt professional, decent people going about earning a living."

Detectives believe there could be other victims and are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have been assaulted in similar circumstances to report the matter to police.

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