WTF Nail News: Operation Magnify, Week-Long Raids Across 100’s of UK Nail Salons
Nail salons in the UK have been targeted by the authorities as part of an operation they say aims to tackle modern slavery.
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.
Andy Radcliffe from UK Immigration Enforcement said: “Unskilled or low-skilled work will attract people who may be in the UK illegally, may have been brought to the UK for that specific purpose or they may fall into that once they’re here.
“So that’s why we use an intelligence-led approach to target those sectors of the economy where the incidences of illegal working and potential labour exploitation are rife.”
Officials say about 300 nail salons were raided with some 14 people were also identified as potentially being at risk of modern slavery.
It’s devastating news to learn that people are suffering within our industry and most of us are oblivious to it, please be considerate to where you have your next mani/pedi.