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Metro riders photographed to solve harassment cases

METRO passengers will have four frontal pictures taken of them by surveillance cameras in order to quickly locate suspects, a method used to battle the summer peak of sexual harassers, police said today.

Each subway stop will have a police officer to monitor suspicious activities. Once a case is reported, the police can immediately use the cameras to locate and catch the suspect.

In a case that relied on photography, a 36-year-old man surnamed Ling has turned himself in as a result of a video clip of a male rider reaching over to a female passenger who fell asleep and touching her breasts was posted, police said today. The clip generated lots of comments after being posted on Weibo on June 7.

Going into the summer season, similar cases of harassment are expected to become much more common. Most sexual harassers wait for the morning and night peaks to ride overcrowded subway cars, when they can harass victims with less chance of detection.

Police have investigated 13 cases of harassment this year.


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