#GiveUpSlavery: Washing cars and painting nails

Hello and welcome to week 6 of the #GiveUpSlavery challenge from The Clewer Initiative. It’s
our final challenge this week and we’re talking about spotting the signs of modern slavery:
washing cars and painting nails. So for this week’s story we shared with you
two articles, one about nail bars and one about hand car washes. Now obviously there’s
slavery taking place in quite a few industries but those are just two obvious ones we shared
with you because they are usually on most British high streets. And I think they are
really interesting examples, they’re largely unlicensed businesses, and as we read from
the articles, there’s huge amounts of them across the UK. So beauty salons were the highest
growing independent business in the UK in 2016 and there could be up to 20,000 hand
car washes across the UK. This is just huge numbers that we’re talking about here. Huge
amounts of people working in those industries, some of whom could be being exploited. This week’s action was to learn to spot the
signs of modern slavery, so I linked you to the spot the signs page on our website which
gives you the general signs of modern slavery. Some of the ones that you might have picked
up were things like accommodation, where huge amounts of people are living in a small house.
So we’ve heard reports of 30 people living in a 3 bedroom house, in incredibly cramped
accommodation, it’s often dirty and not looked after properly.
And their physical appearance, so they might show signs of physical abuse, psychological
abuse, perhaps have untreated injuries, or also just look withdrawn, like they don’t
want to communicate with anybody. And other signs might be that they’re not able to control
their movements, so if you live near a hand car wash you might notice a minibus arriving
early in the morning dropping all the workers off, coming back again late at night and picking
them all back up again, and they’re travelling in a group, and they’re never allowed to travel
on their own. So there’s just a few signs, but please do take a look at the spot the
signs page if you want to learn more. Those are obviously just the general signs
which we’ve given you to give you an insight into what modern slavery could look like,
there are lots of different signs, and the presence of one or two of them isn’t always
an indication that modern slavery is going on. But we think its really helpful to educate
yourself so you can report modern slavery if you think its happening. So the Take it further action this week was
to print off or make yourself a little credit-card sized leaflet to go in your wallet, so you
can remember the signs of modern slavery and refer to it when you need to. So you will
probably, hopefully, have had a look at ours which is available on our website under the
resources section to download and print off. This is a fancy printed version.
And you can see it’s got the different forms of modern slavery, the indicators that we
spoke about, and then also it has, a key piece of information, it has the numbers to call.
So in an emergency we always recommend calling 999 obviously, like you would, and then if
you want to report non-emergency suspicious activity to your local police then call 101.
Or we really recommend calling the modern slavery helpline if you just want a bit of
advice or support on something that you’ve seen that you’re not sure about or a story
that you’ve heard. So call 08000 121 700 the Modern Slavery Helpline, for advice from professionals
on what modern slavery looks like and whether the suspicions that you’ve got, could actually
be modern slavery going on in your community. That’s it for this week. Thank you so much
for tuning in to this week’s challenge – washing cars and painting nails. I hope its been interesting
and useful for you. I’ll be back next week with one final video so I look forward to
speaking to you then, see you soon. [music]

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