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Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at beauty parlour

16 June 2017


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 15) arrested a female director of a beauty parlour suspected of having applied a false trade description to the service supplied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Customs earlier received information alleging that a beauty parlour claimed on its website that the teeth bleaching treatments provided needed not be performed by a dentist. After investigation, it was found that such treatment should be performed by a registered dentist. Customs officers yesterday arrested a 30-year-old woman. Investigation is ongoing and the arrested woman has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any trader who applies a false trade description to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

 

Ends/Friday, June 16, 2017

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