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Saturday 18 November 2017

Almost 100 arrested as nail bars raided in probe into modern slavery

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Hundreds of nail bars have been raided as part of a probe into modern slavery in the UK, leading to almost 100 arrests.

In recent weeks more than 280 nail bars across the UK have been targeted according to Sky News.

Andy Radcliffe, assistant director at the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Agency, said that it is known there is a high instance of illegal workers.

 "We know from intelligence that in nail bars there is a high instance of illegal working within these businesses," he said.

"This is in common with other cash rich sectors of the economy."

Mr Radcliffe said the raids led to 97 arrests, with more than 60 businesses being served with notices warning them they now face fines.

"Also, more importantly, we identified 14 individuals who may have been the subject of modern slavery," he said.

"Those individuals are all Vietnamese and have been referred into the national referral mechanism ... where they'll receive support."

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