Police conduct covert operation in Mong Kok beauty salon, arresting two women for alleged impersonation of doctors and possession of illegal substances

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29th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) Police, in collaboration with the Department of Health, took proactive law enforcement action today (29th), dispatching undercover officers disguised as customers to Wu Sang House, located at 655 Nathan Road in Mong Kok, to gather evidence at a beauty salon. They subsequently conducted a surprise search of the premises, seizing a large quantity of botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox) and other “beauty injections,” as well as regulated drugs including antibiotics and poisonous substances. The female owner of the beauty salon and another female staff member were arrested on suspicion of practising medicine without a licence, possession of a Category 1 poisonous substance, possession of antibiotics, and the use of forged documents. Both individuals are currently under investigation. The police believe that the beauty salon has been in operation for at least two years, and in the past year alone, it is estimated that at least 700 to 800 customers received the so-called beauty injections. The investigation is ongoing, and further arrests have not been ruled out.

Superintendent Alan Chung Nga-lun of the Kowloon West Regional Headquarters Operations stated that in light of recent medical incidents involving citizens receiving botulinum toxin injections, the Serious Crime Unit of the Kowloon West Region, in collaboration with the Department of Health, took proactive enforcement action. Undercover officers initially visited the implicated beauty salon at noon today, which was described as an “unlicensed clinic,” to gather evidence. Once the timing was deemed appropriate, the officers, accompanied by health department personnel, executed a search warrant and conducted a surprise raid on the premises. A significant amount of botulinum toxin substances, along with various other “beauty injections” and a large number of regulated drugs and poisons, including injectable steroids, adrenaline injections, sedatives, weight loss injections, and skin whitening injections, were discovered. Laser machines and a series of suspected counterfeit doctor’s purchasing receipts and seals were also seized. Upon inspection by health department officials, it was confirmed that all the seized botulinum toxin substances and other drugs were classified as poisonous substances regulated by the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, and their administration can only be performed by locally registered doctors.