Support for Safe Car Wash app
Motorists in West Oxfordshire are being urged to use an app that will help identify hand car wash facilities that could be exploiting their workers.
Called Safe Car Wash, the app is part of a national campaign to identify and combat modern slavery.
Although many hand car washes are legitimate businesses, some of are not and police raids in towns and cities up and down the country have unearthed victims living in horrendous conditions.
The campaign has the full backing of Cllr Norman MacRae, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for community safety.
Cllr MacRae said, “Many people use car washes routinely and I’m keen to raise awareness and spread the word about this app as it has already been successful in gathering intelligence and bringing hidden victims and illegal activity into the light.”
The app was launched in 2018 by the The Clewer Initiative, the Church of England’s campaign against modern slavery and the Santa Marta Group, the Catholic Church’s anti-slavery project.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Chair of The Clewer Initiative said, ‘I welcome this endorsement of the Safe Car Wash app by West Oxfordshire District Council. At The Clewer Initiative we know that modern slavery can only be ended through partnership.
He added, “The Safe Car Wash app is a great way for local people to open their eyes to the potential of modern slavery in their local communities, and to help local authorities and law enforcement tackle it. It is fantastic to see local councils picking up this baton and raising awareness of this terrible crime.”
The app has been endorsed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Local Government Association and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
Safe Car Wash is available for Apple and Android phones and can be search and downloaded from the phone’s app store.