The “vast majority” of Liverpool’s cabbies are hard-working and well behaved - and find the actions of those involved in ‘seedy deals’ exposed by the Liverpool Echo “abhorrent”.
That is the view of a long-serving black cab driver who has responded to revelations that some drivers are attempting to entice groups of men into shelling out large amounts of cash to pay for sex as part of an underworld arrangement.
The cabbie, who asked not to be named, but has worked in the trade in the city for seven years, said he has heard of such practices taking place - but said that most working in the trade find it “abhorrent.”
He said: “There are things going on that shouldn’t be going on. The council’s licensing team have been cut to the bone and they can’t keep up with them. The vast majority of cabbies find what is going on abhorrent and want it to stop. The concept of some drivers being bad does the trade no good whatsoever.”
The cabbie also raised concerns ab-out certain drivers charging extortionate fares for un-
witting passengers. He said: “That is my real big bugbear, it is happening a lot - some drivers are acting with absolute impunity.”
The black cab driver spoke to the Echo after their investigation highlighted how some drivers are working in cahoots with brothels in the city to try and entice groups of men into paying for sex.
On two occasions Echo reporters were offered a form of “package deal” from drivers, who offered to transport them to a location for sex and then return them home after - all for an agreed fee of £140 that they would pay directly to the driver. On another occasion, an Echo reporter was offered “sex with girls” by a hackney driver as he attempted to get a lift home from Lime Street Station on a Sunday night.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has vowed to clamp down on a seedy underworld deal between black cab drivers and brothels. Mayor Anderson thanked the Echo for highlighting the issue and said his officers will now carry out similar investigations in a bid to punish those attempting to coerce groups of men into paying for sex.
Responding to the reports, he said: “This is a concern and my message to any cab driver who is stung by an undercover operation is that you will lose your licence, there is no question about that. It is not acceptable, it is not something that they should be doing and we will clamp down on it.”