Help us end modern day slavery
Modern slavery is an invisible epidemic on the rise in the UK. As a driver, you see and hear things others don't. You have a unique view of the cities you work in. And that's why we need your help.
Uber has partnered with The Salvation Army and Unseen UK to help eradicate modern day slavery. Read on to find out how you can make a difference.
What is modern day slavery?
There are 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide. Someone is in slavery if they are:
- Forced to work by mental or physical threat
- Owned or controlled by an 'employer', usually through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse
- Dehumanised, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’
- Physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom
Modern slavery victims can often face more than one type of abuse and slavery, for example if they are sold to another trafficker and then forced into another form of exploitation.
Learn how to make the difference
Can you spot the signs of a modern slave?
Be the eyes on the road
Signs of modern slavery
Victims may look worn, tired, dirty, or hungry. They may have injuries or signs of wear on their clothing. They may also look withdrawn - i.e., will avoid eye contact, and seem scared to talk to you or others.
Isolated or controlled
Victims of modern day slavery are often accompanied by someone else. If you notice that a rider seems under the control of someone else who might be telling them what to do or speaking for them, this could be a warning sign of abuse.
Unusual travel times
Victims of modern slavery may be moved around at odd times - look out for riders who are dropped off or collected for work regularly either unusually late at night or early in the morning.
Bad living conditions
You may notice at drop-off or pick-up locations that the living conditions of your rider seem strange - dirty or crowded accommodation or if you notice victims living and working at the same address.
Few or no personal items
Victims of modern day slavery may have few personal items with them - no bag, or wallet - and always wear the same clothes day in and day out.
Watch out for car washes
Car washes are an industry where modern slavery commonly occurs, so be aware of the following signs:
- The workers do not have proper clothing or equipment for the job
- The cost of a wash seems low and they only accept cash
- The car wash has recently ‘popped up’, and may soon close down or move to another location
- The workers live on, or very close to, the car wash site
- At the start and end of their shift, the workers get dropped off or picked up in a group
- The workers work excessively long hours
How to report it
You can make the difference
If you see something suspicious, report it to the police or other authorities. If there is an immediate danger to the suspected victim or if you think that the suspected victim is under 18, call 999 and inform the Police.
You can also make a report to the Modern Day Slavery Helpline: 0800 0121 700 or online through their website. Victims of modern slavery are entitled to safe accommodation and specialist support to help them recover from their ordeal. Your call could help someone get the support they need.
Download Unseen's app
Keep all of this information at your fingertips with a new app from Unseen UK. In the app you can instantly report any concerns you may have, or seek help or advice for someone who may be in an abusive situation. It’s quick and simple and can be used anonymously. Click here to download from the Google Play store, and here to download from the Apple store.