Crystal Nails & Beauty salon in Buckley, Flintshire, is facing a potential penalty of up to £40,000 after the Home Office found illegal immigrants working at the shop.
During a raid on the salon on March 28, a 33-year-old Vietnamese man was found by immigration enforcement officers, as well as a child who has been referred to social services. The man now faces deportation and the salon has been served with an illegal worker notice.
Richard Johnson, from Immigration Enforcement in Wales, said: “Those who use and exploit illegal workers face severe financial penalties. We are happy to work with businesses to ensure the right preemployment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law will be found and will be punished.”
This is the latest move in a Government project to crack down on modern slavery in the beauty industry. In December 2016, more than 280 nail salons were raided by immigration officers, with 97 arrests made, and salon owners have been warned by officials to carry out the correct background checks on new staff.
Mobile nail tech Clare Hanson believes this work is fundamental to ensure the reputation of the industry: “This is why I say all salons have to be vetted prior to opening to validate their certifications and make sure there’s nothing illegal going on. Honest nail techs work and pay a lot of money, blood, sweat and tears to get to where they are.”