There are thousands of hand car washes in the United Kingdom. While many of these businesses treat and pay their staff fairly, some are run by unscrupulous people, determined to make as much money as possible, regardless of how their workers are treated or whether they are following the law. The people working at these car washes may be victims of modern slavery and exploitation. In some cases, staff may be underaged, live onsite in poor conditions, be paid very low wages, have little or no personal protective equipment, and face a variety of other unsafe, unfair, and controlling practices on a daily basis.
Since June 2018, The Clewer Initiative’s Safe Car Wash app has been helping charities and law enforcement agencies to identify hand car washes around the country which might not be treating their staff fairly. After more than 30,000 downloads and 7,500 reports from across the United Kingdom, The Clewer Initiative has redeveloped the app, adding new functionality, updating the content, increasing reporting options, and improving the usability of the data for our partners. These enhancements will help users to more easily report exploitative car washes, identify potential victims of modern slavery, and give partner organisations the information and data required to address criminal activity and help those in need.