There are thousands of hand car washes across the UK. You probably pass one everyday. While many of these are legitimate businesses, some are run by unscrupulous people determined to exploit their workers to make as much money as possible. In these instances, these workers may be victims of modern slavery.
The Clewer Initiative Safe Car Wash App enables anyone who has contact with hand car washes to identify and report slavery. By asking a series of questions related to the indicators of modern slavery, the app assesses if there is a high likelihood that modern slavery is occurring at the hand car wash. If modern slavery is likely, the user can submit a report to the Modern Slavery Helpline at the touch of a button.
First launched in 2018, the Safe Car Wash App has been downloaded over 31, 000 times, resulting in more then 7, 800 reports. Following feedback from users, improvements have been made to the app. Users no longer need to submit any personal details before filing a report. Importantly, reporting slavery and ending exploitation is now easier as users can submit a report at the click of a button. Additionally, numerous changes have been made that make the data gathered more useful to law enforcement agencies.
Download the Safe Car Wash App, file a report, and help end modern slavery at hand car washes.