Public asked to download app to help spot signs of modern slavery at hand car washes
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Users of hand car washes are being asked to download a mobile app that helps spot the signs of modern slavery.
The Safe Car Wash app gives users a number of points that may indicate that those working there may be victims of modern slavery – and if enough are found then they will be directed to the Modern Slavery Helpline.
The app, which is free to download, also pinpoints the location of the hand car wash the driver is using – giving up to date information about the number of car washes and providing police and partners with locations so safeguarding visits can be organised.
Detective Sergeant Ross O’Brien, from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Adult Exploitation Investigation Team, said: “Modern slavery is often hidden in plain sight – and it is absolutely crucial that people know the signs to spot.
“In Derbyshire, as well as across the country, we have seen vulnerable people trafficked into the UK, forced to live in squalid conditions and work for a pittance.
“Victims will routinely have their passports taken from them and are often threatened with violence should they try and raise the alarm about their situation.
“That’s why the public understanding the signs of modern slavery and alerting authorities to potential victims is absolutely crucial.
“The Safe Car Wash app is a brilliant, free, tool that can help us to do exactly that – and I would urge anyone who may use a hand car wash to download it today.”
Spotting the Signs of Modern Slavery
appear to be under the control of someone else and reluctant to interact with others
not have personal identification on them
have few personal belongings, wear the same clothes every day or wear unsuitable clothes for work
not be able to move around freely
be reluctant to talk to strangers or the authorities
appear frightened, withdrawn, or show signs of physical or psychological abuse
dropped off and collected for work always in the same way, especially at unusual times, i.e. very early or late at night.
If you suspect a business of using modern slaves then you can contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods at any time, in confidence:
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