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After rape in unlicensed taxi, call for increased regulations

A woman reported being assaulted and raped last week in Newton after she was picked up by an unregistered taxi in the Seaport District, State Police said Friday, calling into question city oversight of livery vehicles operating outside the regulation of the Boston police hackney unit.

The incident occurred after midnight Aug. 6, when a 21-year-old woman said she left the Whiskey Priest on Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue, where she had been with a friend, and hailed an unregistered taxi. Prosecutors said the vehicle was a black livery car that did not have a Boston taxi medallion, which carries a requirement for drivers’ background checks to screen out people with criminal records.

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