When our 14-year-old daughter recently informed us of an incident that happened to her during her school commute while aboard a busy ATAC tram bus in the middle of the day, I was flabbergasted. I really thought we had adequately prepared our children for any situation they might encounter during their daily commutes: aggressive beggars, pickpockets, drunks, etc... After all, Rome is not the only major city we have ever lived in.
Apparently, there was some other nuisance that hadn’t even crossed our minds………Gropers
Groping on mass transit is more widespread than one ever imagines. Women and adolescent girls are primarily targeted. According to various websites, groping has reached epidemic portions in Japan and India to the point that laws have been enacted to curtail this disturbing act.
Has anyone had encounters with gropers while traveling in Rome’s public transit system or know someone who has? What are your tips/suggestions for steering clear of them?