China’s on-demand vehicle industry was hit by yet another blow over security problems this week when a driver of on-demand van service Lalamove (货拉拉) was accused of sexually harassing a female passenger.

The incident first broke out with a post on a popular local forum. A girl surnamed Wang ordered a van on Lalamove on August 5. After she loaded her stuff in the van, the driver asked her to cancel the deal on Lalamove and pay him via WeChat in order to avoid being charged a commission fee of the platform. Although going behind the back of the platform and striking deals privately goes against the terms of service, it’s common for drivers on a lot of platforms.

But things went from bad to worse after they finished the delivery. The driver, who got the victim’s account after receiving payment through her WeChat, send her sexually suggestive messages and threatened to confront her in-person by showing up at her new home or office after Wang reported his misconduct to the platform.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.