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Safe Car Wash App

People are being forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under threat of violence in hand car washes.

Many hand car washes are legitimate businesses, but some are not.

Modern slavery is happening in hand car washes in towns and cities up and down the country.

There are thousands of hand car washes across the UK. You probably pass one every day. 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.

By using the Safe Car Wash App, you can identify cases of exploitation and help end modern slavery at hand car washes.

What does the Safe Car Wash App do?

The Safe Car Wash App enables anyone who uses hand car washes to identify and report slavery. The app asks a series of questions related to the indicators of modern slavery and then assesses the answers. If there is a high likelihood that modern slavery is occurring at the hand car wash, users are invited to send a report to the Modern Slavery Helpline at the touch of a button. By visiting a hand car wash and submitting a report you can help law enforcement end exploitation at hand car washes.

Improvements to the App

Since the launch of the Safe Car Wash App in June 2018, it has been downloaded 30,000 times. We have now received almost 8,000 reports, with several reports being referred to Modern Slavery Helpline and law enforcement every month. This intelligence has been crucial in building a clear picture of the hand car wash sector around the country, and has enabled statutory authorities to follow up on numerous businesses that may be exploiting their workers.

Following feedback from our users, we’ve made the following improvements to the app:

  • There is no longer a requirement to submit any personal information before filing a report
  • Users now have the ability to send a report straight to Modern Slavery Helpline at a click of a button, if the report scores above the threshold of concern for modern slavery and exploitation
  • All new location functions, meaning you can pinpoint the exact location of the car wash on a map and confirm the precise street address and postcode.
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Tell others about the Safe Car Wash App

By encouraging others to download the Safe Car Wash App, you are helping end slavery and exploitation at hand car washes.

We’ve put together a toolkit of promotional assets that you can use to spread the word about the Safe Car Wash App.

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