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Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at beauty parlour

31 May 2017

Hong Kong Customs today (May 31) arrested a female director and a female staff member 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 officer conducted a test-buy operation at a beauty parlour in Causeway Bay today. The female director and the female staff member claimed to provide beauty treatment by a beauty device of a particular brand, but the beauty device was suspected not to be produced by the manufacturer of the brand. Customs officers then arrested a 33-year-old and a 35-year-old woman. Investigation is ongoing and the arrested persons have 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/Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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