Winnipeg woman’s allegation of sexual assault after taking a taxi is under investigation

A woman claims she was sexually assaulted earlier this month after getting into a taxi to go from a friend’s house.

Unicity Taxi is now investigating the woman’s complaint about the recent taxi ride. The Winnipeg Police Department has confirmed that officers have received a report and the City of Winnipeg Vehicle Rental Office is investigating.

Michelle Hanslip, 32, first shared her account of what happened on Facebook, saying she got into the taxi around midnight after a meeting on the night of June 11, but didn’t come home.

She said she fell asleep in the vehicle and was found naked a few blocks from her home.

“Something happened to me,” Hanslip said, saying she cut and woke up bruised the next morning.

She’d been to St. James the night before celebrating her boyfriend’s birthday for a drink and a dip in her boyfriend’s pool. The last thing she clearly remembers is getting a taxi that she thought would take 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 had both fallen asleep.

Hanslip claims her ex was kicked out of the taxi and never came home. Instead, she said she was found around 2 a.m. by someone on Mountain Avenue, about six blocks from her home on Redwood Avenue.

She said the person who found her called the Winnipeg Police Department and officers took her to her mother’s home.

“I didn’t feel well the next day,” Hanslip said. “I was found naked. I don’t walk alone, I go places naked. I was wearing clothes.”

She’s not sure what happened, but Hanslip said she told the officers who arrested her that she had been sexually assaulted.

The Winnipeg Police Department confirmed on Thursday that they had received a report of sexual assault, but could not provide further details.

Unicity Taxi said it first became aware of the incident Thursday morning after someone shared a message Hanslip posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Manmohan Gill, the manager of Unicity Taxi, said the company is investigating its concerns.

“We have started investigating and it is still pending,” he told CTV News Winnipeg.

Gill said the driver Hanslip was driving remains at work pending further investigation.

“Things like this shouldn’t happen,” Gill said. “If something like that happens, there must 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 an investigation for sexual assault at the Health Sciences Center on June 13 and now hopes investigators can fathom her concerns.

“I just hope more people come forward after hearing my story and I want them to know they’re not alone,” Hanslip said.

Hanslip said she met with officers from the Winnipeg Police Department on Thursday evening.

The city’s vehicle rental office has previously pointed out that in addition to cameras, there are also mandatory audio recordings in taxis.

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