Women in Puebla, Mexico who are tired of being gawked and leered at by cab drivers have a new option - female-only taxis.
Pink Taxi is a government-backed fleet of 35 cabs driven exclusively by women, and each is equipped with a beauty kit, an alarm button and a GPS system.
"Some of the woman who have been on board tell us how male taxi drivers cross the line and try to flirt with them and make inappropriate propositions," said taxi driver Aida Santos, who drives one of the compact, four-door taxis with a tracking device and an alarm button that notifies emergency services. "In the Pink Taxi they won't have that feeling of insecurity, and they feel more relaxed."
The taxi service creates new jobs for women in a traditionally male-dominated field, but women's rights activists feel the taxis do not fully address the harassment issue.
Similar women-only taxi services have cropped up from Moscow to Lebanon, where women have expressed that the taxis are a much safer and more comfortable means of transportation.
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