In the anonymous post the student placed on the social media platform Facebook, she told of how last Saturday night she was picked up by a man that said that he was a taxi driver working for the collective taxi service Collecto. The man then locked her into his taxi and raped her. The young woman reported the rape to the police the following day.
Suspected repeat offender
The Judicial Authorities opened an investigation. The suspected rapist was traced and detained in the Brussels municipality of Elsene on Friday morning. He is 44 years-old and with the exception of some motoring offences has no previous convictions.
He is suspected of a total of four sexual attacks and is reported to have also used the same ploy (claiming to be a taxi driver working for Collecto) in order to trap his victims. The Judicial Authorities say that the man is not employed as a taxi driver.
On Facebook a number of women reacted to the student’s post by saying that they had had similar experiences in the area near the university. An Examining Magistrate will take charge of the further investigation.