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Almost half – 44 percent – of the drivers interviewed for the survey said the attacks also involved verbal abuse and racist remarks about their ethnicity, religious beliefs and countries of origin.
“Cab drivers are targets for ethnic prejudices,” Khozindar said.
In all, 920 cab drivers were interviewed for the survey, roughly 10 percent of the total workforce in Chicago.
The most targeted drivers are those central and southeast Asian countries (27.7 percent). Muslim drivers reported being attacked more than Christian drivers (23.4 percent and 19 percent, respectively).
But this information is nothing new. Violence against cab drivers has been an issue for a while.
In 2006, the Chicago Tribune issued an analysis stating the “No.1 cause of death on the job for foreign-born workers was homicide, and most victims are clerks at gasoline stations and food stores and cab drivers.”