Originally Published at The Christian Post
By Brandon Showalter
As part of its Dignity Defense Campaign, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation is recognizing Instacart and Doordash for their efforts in combating trafficking and other sexual abuse.
The organization has been alerting Door Dash and Instacart to COVID-19 trends where exploiters like traffickers and pimps have been coercing victims into entering the gig economy — a labor market marked by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance jobs as opposed to permanent employment — and then turn over any profits they earn to their abusers. NCOSE learned of this phenomenon from direct service providers who were reaching out to sex trafficking victims.
To combat the exploitation, both Instacart and DoorDash collaborated with NCOSE to provide resources and hotlines for victims of these abuses on their apps.
“The safety of all members of the shopper community is our top priority at Instacart. We always want to ensure that shoppers have the resources they need to help keep them safe, and we’re grateful for the work of organizations like the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to support individuals in their time of need,” Instacart said in a statement.