Taxi driver banned for inviting teen to try prostitution

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A Sydney taxi driver has been banned from working after he suggested a 17-year-old passenger should ”prostitute himself” during a trip in the inner west.

The teenager, who cannot be identified, reported driver Vilame Sodiki’s sexually explicit comments to Roads and Maritime Services this year and it cancelled his authority to drive a taxi.

Mr Sodiki took his case to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal, which upheld the ruling in a judgment handed down on Friday.

The teenager said he was waiting at an Earlwood bus stop in March, when a taxi pulled over. The youth said he told the driver he had no money but Mr Sodiki told him to get in anyway.

”He made small talk and advised me he was bisexual and further said, ‘Do you need money?”’ the teenager reported.

The boy said Mr Sodiki then told him he could earn $60 if he gave him oral sex.

According to the tribunal’s judgment, Mr Sodiki denied those allegations. He told RMS officers he picked up the teenager, who told him he’d been robbed, and took him to Marrickville station without charging a fare.

He said he started to worry the teenager would rob him when he said he needed some money. Mr Sodiki said he then told the teenager about his bisexual friend who performed sex acts for money.

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