UK Crackdown on Salon Workers, 97 Arrested

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UK Crackdown Results in 97 ArrestsĀ 

Beauty salon for young girls 'Chez Lulu' in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 29, 2012. The pink-themed Chez Lulu Salon and Spa, young girls can enjoy a "floral bath", or a foot massage and pedicure. Open since 2009, Chez Lulu provides hair styling, makeup application, and nail services for kids as young as 4 years old. Chez Lulu, one of the three salons for children that opened in Lebanon in summer 2009. Photo by Ratib Al Safadi/AA/ABACAPRESS.COM

UK Crackdown sees 97 people arrested after police raided nail bars in relation to immigration offenses. Aside from the arrests dozens of businesses were warned they could face fines. There were 14 additional people identified as potentially being at risk of modern slavery.

UK Crackdown Named Operation Magnify

The cross-government, week-long operation was part of Operation Magnify intended to clamp down on illegal working by targeting specific “risk” industries. “This operation sends a strong message to those employers who ruthlessly seek to exploit vulnerable people and willfully abuse our immigration laws,” according to Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill.

The Modern Slavery Act is a law giving law enforcement agencies the tools they need and offers increasing support and protection for victims. Other measures have been introduced, through the Immigration Act, to tackle illegal working, including making it easier to prosecute employers who repeatedly break the rules and create the power to temporarily close businesses that do not comply with the law.

The majority of the 97 people arrested were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India. The people arrested as potential victims of trafficking will be offered support, while those who have no right to be in the UK will be removed from the country.

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