South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed the launch of a new app from the Church of England and Catholic Church to help tackle modern slavery at hand car washes.
Through the Safe Car Wash App, drivers enter a location, then consider a series of indicators if they suspect modern slavery, such as whether the car wash only accepts cash, evidence of workers living on site, or whether workers seem fearful. If the answers indicate a higher likelihood of slavery, users are directed to a helpline.
The app was developed through the Clewer Initiative (through which the Church of England aims to tackle modern slavery) in partnership with the National Crime Agency, The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Local Government Association.
Mr Dunne said: “It can be easy to think modern day slavery does not affect us here in South Shropshire. But in reality, there are people right across the country who are victims of this heinous crime – including potentially at hand car washes, in some nail salons, or working in some intensive agriculture settings.
Hand Car Washes are receiving more scrutiny, thanks in part to the inquiry launched by the Environmental Audit Committee, following my pressure in Parliament. Although our focus is primarily environmental, we are also considering issues around exploitation and people trafficking. So I strongly welcome the launch of the Safe Car Wash App, and encourage constituents to consider downloading it.”
The app can be downloaded via the App Store, or via Google Play. More information is available at www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash.