Human Trafficking in the Nail Industry of Britain

in Transnational Crime

Across Great Britain, there are roughly 30,000 nail salons as of 2013.

Between 2008 and 2013, police raided around 100 of the salons for human trafficking charges and other  immigration violations. During the course of those investigations, security personnel identified 150 workers who were in violation of immigration laws, and over $1 Million (£700,000) in fines was levied.

Victims told the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom that they paid up to $31,000 (£20,000) to human smugglers in order to be smuggled from Vietnam to the country. When they could not pay the smuggling fee, the migrants were then forced to work in the nail salons.

Source:  Rebecca Seales, “The slave trade of British nail bars: How victims of human trafficking from Vietnam are exploited in beauty salons and forced into prostitution,” Daily Mail, August 18, 2013.

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