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Safe Car Wash: the app fighting modern slavery

Hand car wash slavery

A new app called Safe Car Wash has yielded more than 2,000 reports of potential human trafficking and slavery. Of these, 41 percent were considered to be highly likely cases whereby the reporter was prompted to contact the Modern Slavery Helpline.

The app allows you to report on various observable factors – such as the workers’ clothing, if there is on-site living, and the mood and demeanour of the workers – then log the location of wash sites. Any and all of this information can then be passed on to police.

Of the 2,271 completed entries made between the app’s launch in June and December, 17 percent said workers were tearful, 48 percent reported a lack of appropriate clothing and, shockingly, eight percent reported under-age workers. A whopping 80 percent reported that facilities operated a cash-only policy.

However, in spite of 41 percent of reports getting the response to call the Modern Slavery Helpline, just 18 percent (under 180) went ahead with it. As familiarity with the problem and the nature of the crime grows, that’s expected to rise.

As many as 10,000 people are thought to be working and suffering under conditions of slavery in the UK, per Home Office estimates. The hand car wash industry is considered to be a slavery hotbed, with as many as 24,000 feared to be working in or near to slavery conditions.

Signs of potential slavery and trafficking and who is at risk

Hand car wash slavery

As above, there will be signs that individuals could be suffering in slavery conditions. Caravans nearby, as well as bedding, are a sign that workers are living on sight. Note any injuries as potential signs of abuse or the lack of the correct clothing.

Note people’s demeanour, too – whether they seem fearful or reluctant. Cash-only policies indicate an establishment that wants to keep off the books, too.

Anyone from the average citizen in a low point in their life, to immigrants, to the mentally disabled, can be at risk of being taken advantage of.

A useful tool

Being able to raise the alarm about such institutions via the focused structure of this dedicated app is an invaluable modern amenity. Citizens can be the instant eyes and ears for the authorities, without putting themselves at risk.

MRAdvent 22 Dec: Mr Kelly’s Car Wash

Car wash

Snow! Rain! Mud! No, not the UK weather forecast for Christmas Day, but the words used to promote Mr Kelly’s Car Wash. Back in 1964, American children must have been working themselves into a lather over this must-have toy. And having watched the advert, we’re rather excited, too.

The motorised fully-automatic car wash featured a ‘no-mess water system’, that could make your toy car look as good as new in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately it didn’t include a bodyshop, so those dents and imperfections, caused as a result of too many encounters with the skirting boards, couldn’t be washed out. Mind you, if you were handy with your Mum’s nail varnish, you could have it looking as good as new in next to no time.

[bctt tweet=”The motorised fully-automatic car wash featured a ‘no-mess water system'”]

To operate, you simply ‘drove’ the car up the ramp, attached the chain and watched as the car was pulled through the wash and dry system. Each set came complete with two cars, wax, towels, sponges and even a sign. We suspect Walter White was given a Mr Kelly’s Car Wash as a child, which is why he made such a good cleaning operative in Breaking Bad.

According to the advert – which features a song that’ll be in your head for the rest of the day – every boy wanted a Remco toy, and so did the girls! Judging by the boy’s reaction to the car as it emerges from the wash, the results are outstanding. Not even Barry Scott could hope to achieve such an amazing job. You’ve just got to hope your parents remembered to buy some batteries, otherwise it’s a Christmas Day trip the gas station for you.

The question is, were you given a Remco Mr Kelly’s Car Wash as a present back in the mid 1960s? Let us know. If you’ve still got it, even better.

MRAdvent 22 Dec: Mr Kelly's Car Wash

Car wash

Snow! Rain! Mud! No, not the UK weather forecast for Christmas Day, but the words used to promote Mr Kelly’s Car Wash. Back in 1964, American children must have been working themselves into a lather over this must-have toy. And having watched the advert, we’re rather excited, too.

The motorised fully-automatic car wash featured a ‘no-mess water system’, that could make your toy car look as good as new in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately it didn’t include a bodyshop, so those dents and imperfections, caused as a result of too many encounters with the skirting boards, couldn’t be washed out. Mind you, if you were handy with your Mum’s nail varnish, you could have it looking as good as new in next to no time.

[bctt tweet=”The motorised fully-automatic car wash featured a ‘no-mess water system'”]

To operate, you simply ‘drove’ the car up the ramp, attached the chain and watched as the car was pulled through the wash and dry system. Each set came complete with two cars, wax, towels, sponges and even a sign. We suspect Walter White was given a Mr Kelly’s Car Wash as a child, which is why he made such a good cleaning operative in Breaking Bad.

According to the advert – which features a song that’ll be in your head for the rest of the day – every boy wanted a Remco toy, and so did the girls! Judging by the boy’s reaction to the car as it emerges from the wash, the results are outstanding. Not even Barry Scott could hope to achieve such an amazing job. You’ve just got to hope your parents remembered to buy some batteries, otherwise it’s a Christmas Day trip the gas station for you.

The question is, were you given a Remco Mr Kelly’s Car Wash as a present back in the mid 1960s? Let us know. If you’ve still got it, even better.