Here at Uber, we are committed to tackling issues of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chain, promoting the safety and welfare of our partners, staff and users.
As part of this, we have submitted our 2018 Modern Slavery Statement. You can read it for yourself here.
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.
There are 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide. Someone is in slavery if they are:
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.
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.
Modern slavery is a serious crime. It encompasses slavery, servitude, and forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. 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.
Be the eyes on the road
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 They may also look withdrawn - i.e., will avoid eye contact, and seem scared to talk to you or others.
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.
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.
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.
Car washes are an industry where modern slavery commonly occurs, so be aware of the following signs:
You can make the difference
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.
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.