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Prosecutors: Beauty parlor has an ugly side

EIGHTEEN workers of a beauty parlor have been sued for forcing customers to spend hundreds of thousands of yuan in their store from September 2010 to May this year, Shanghai prosecutors said.
The prosecutors said 79 customers were compelled to pay 345,000 yuan for services offered by the suspects who will stand in court soon.
Three main suspects surnamed Wang, Hu and Yang opened the beauty parlor last year in the basement of a supermarket in Songjiang District and hired 15 employees. They used free gifts or free skin test to lure customers into their store, the prosecutors said.
Once customers came, the suspects would offer them free facial cleansing and a free try of a skin care product, then they would warn that the chemicals they had used were toxic and customers need to buy another product to remove it.
Some customers were offered a free try of a kind of cream on one side of their face and then illuminated by a special apparatus to show the contrast with the other side. In the end they were compelled to buy the product, said the prosecutors.
The store was shut down in May after some victims called the local authorities. All the 18 people working in the beauty parlor have been detained.


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