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Berkshire businesses hiring illegal workers on target


UKBA launches series of operations


18th August 2010: The UK Border Agency has launched a series of operations targeting Berkshire businesses suspected of employing illegal workers.

 

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Three people have already been arrested for working illegally following a UK Border Agency raid on a beauty salon in Slough. More such actions are on the cards.

Assistant director of the UK Border Agency’s Berkshire local immigration team Rob Allen says the arrests are `the latest in a series of operations targeting Berkshire businesses suspected of employing illegal workers. More are planned.

‘Illegal working has a serious impact on communities, taking jobs from those who are genuinely allowed to work

‘We are happy to work with businesses to ensure that the right pre-employment checks are carried out, but those intent on operating outside the law should be warned that they will be found and they will be punished.’

The trio was arrested officers, acting on intelligence, went to Sam’s Hair and Beauty Studio on Chalvey Road on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 August. They checked staff records and questioned employees to ensure they had the right to work in the UK.

An 18-year-old male Iraqi failed asylum seeker was arrested, as were two women aged 26 and 40 from India and Pakistan who had both overstayed their visas.

The Iraqi and Indian both remain in detention pending their removal from the UK, while the Pakistani woman was granted immigration bail while our officers seek to get travel documents so that she can be deported.

The salon owners now face a fine of up to £30,000 for employing the three illegal workers, unless they can prove that they carried out the correct checks on their employees’ right to work.

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