Who is Ejaz Hussain? Virginia Lyft driver sexually abuses boy, 17, on ride home
The boy had used Lyft driver Ejaz Hussain's ride the previous day and exchanged contact information
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA: A Lyft driver was accused of sexually assaulting a teenaged passenger while taking him home from school in Virginia, on June 15. According to Fox 5 DC, the 17-year-old boy used the Lyft ride service to get to school on June 14 and exchanged contact information with the suspect.
There has been a rise in the cases of sexual assault in app-based cabs. Last year, a livery cab driver in Brooklyn raped a 12-year-old passenger before driving her home. The same year, an Uber driver who raped a passenger and took a selfie with her was imprisoned for 12 years. In 2019, a worried Baltimore father tracking his daughter's cab ride found the Uber driver raping her in the back seat.
Lyft is yet to release safety reports disclosing incidents of sexual assault and abuse on its platform, despite a pledge to do so in May 2018 following a CNN investigation.
Who is Ejaz Hussain?
Ejaz Hussain, 58, is a Lyft driver who operates in Virginia. According to Potomac Local, Hussain resides in Camdenhurst Dr in Gainesville. He has been charged with sexual battery and is currently being held on a $3,500 unsecured bond.
Officers responded to the 8800 block of Rixlew Ln in Manassas (20109) at 12.11 pm on June 14 to investigate a sexual assault. According to Fox 5 DC, the 17-year-old teenager, whose name has not been disclosed as he is a minor, used the ride service to get to a school in Virginia on June 14 and exchanged contact information with the suspect. According to authorities, the student called Hussain again for a ride home after school.
Hussain allegedly sexually attacked the victim while driving him to his house. When the victim arrived at his destination, he exited the vehicle and called a family member, who alerted the police. There were no injuries recorded.
The incident occurs three months after Lyft announced it would collaborate with Uber to develop a database of drivers fired for sex abuse accusations, following Uber's announcement in 2019 that over 3,000 passengers had been assaulted by drivers the previous year. According to a CNN Business report released last week, Lyft is yet to follow through on its openness vow, citing a clash with an ongoing legal dispute with California authorities. Lyft is being sued by at least 72 passengers for claimed rape and sexual assault occurrences.