A 20-year-old woman was raped and killed by a driver from the largest Chinese travel company Didi Chuxing, who wants to expand to Australia.
A ride-sharing passenger in eastern China has been raped and killed by a driver for the largest shipping company, Didi Chuxing, which is currently targeting the Australian market.
The 20-year-old woman boarded a Didi car-pool vehicle at 13:00 local time on Friday and sent a friend around 2 pm to seek help before losing contact, police said in Yueqing, Wenzhou.
The police said they found the suspect, a 27-year-old driver named Zhong, the next day at four in the morning.
They said that Zhong confessed that he had raped and killed the passenger, and that the body of the victim had been restored and that an investigation was being continued.
Didi Chuxing, the world's largest ride-sharing firm in terms of number of trips, said in a statement that it was "enormously saddened by the tragedy".
"We are very sorry, we have failed, we can not and will not shirk our responsibilities," he said.
Didi Chuxing – valued at US $ 50 billion (A $ 68 billion) – is expanding aggressively abroad, focusing on new markets in Australia, Mexico and Brazil and facing Uber. In 2016 Didi acquired the Chinese activities of Uber.
Didi has extended the security measures, partly because of his carpooling service, Didi Hitch, after the murder of a flight attendant in May, this led to greater outrage from the community.
A day before the woman was raped and killed, a passenger at Didi had complained that the same driver had repeatedly asked to sit on the front seat, Didi said.
The passenger claimed that he drove to a remote area and followed her "for a distance" after she got out of the car.
Didi said that the customer service representative who submitted the complaint had not carried out an investigation within two hours, as the company promises.
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