( dpa ) - Forty five per cent of Hong Kong women have been sexually harassed while travelling on public transport in the city, according to a survey Thursday.
Fifty five per cent of respondents who said they had been harassed said they had been targeted while travelling on underground trains, while 43 per cent were victims on buses.
Another 14 per cent of women who said they had been harassed at some point in the past three years said the incidents had taken place on the city's street trams.
Despite the incidents, 40 per cent of those targeted admitted they had not reported the harassment, usually because they were too embarrassed to raise the issue.
Hundreds of women in the high-rise city of 6.9 million, where most people use public transport rather than cars, were interviewed for the survey by the Hong Kong Anti Sexual Violence Resource Centre.
The group wants a publicity campaign to encourage women to report cases of sexual harassment and better training for public transport staff to deal with incidents of harassment.