A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a Shenzhen-based company that lured rich mainland women to Hong Kong to undergo illegal plastic surgeries inside five-star hotel rooms, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
The mainland woman was picked up in a hotel in Hung Hom on Wednesday night when she returned for her belongings, Hong Kong police said. She was charged with conspiracy to conduct illegal medical practices.
It was understood that police officers also seized a batch of medical equipment, syringes and drugs from a Kwun Tong office used by the company.
The police action came after a two-month undercover operation by Apple Daily reporters revealed that Boka International Group has been targeting rich mainland women by throwing parties in several affluent mainland cities before sending them to Hong Kong for plastic surgery.
According to the newspaper, the company hired mainlanders who pretended to be Hong Kong doctors and medical staff to perform cosmetic surgeries on their victims.
The “medical staff” also offered beauty-enhancing treatments and injections, including botox, hyaluronic acid, hormones and even fresh cells which cost as much as 648,000 yuan (US$104,400) each, the report said.
The company had reportedly arranged for another tour group to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday, and planned another party in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, over the weekend to recruit women for plastic surgeries.
However, company officials have fled after their operations were exposed by the newspaper.
In the raid on the company’s Kwun Tong office, police also found a list of names believed to be those of the company management and are conducting further investigation, the report said.
Following the Apple Daily report, several people from Hong Kong and the mainland have surfaced and told the newspaper that representatives of the same company had been recruiting them to look for clients.
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