Restaurant loses licence after immigration raid finds staff 'living in squalor'

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An Indian restaurant where staff were found ‘living in squalor’ has had its licence to operate revoked.

Licensing chiefs at Bolton Council said they had ‘no confidence’ in those running the India Gate, in Chorley Road, Westhoughton.

The restaurant was raided by immigration officers and Bolton Council in November 2018 following a tip off that a number of foreign nationals were working illegally.

Two men were arrested for working in breach of their visa conditions and overstaying their visa.

The local authority discovered evidence of at least five people living in unsafe conditions in upstairs bedrooms, which had been left in disrepair, with inadequate fire safety measures and bedrooms padlocked from the outside.

Among those living there was one of the men arrested for immigration offences.

The restaurant was issued a £10,000 fine because the detained men had no permission to work in the UK.

The company that ran the restaurant, Chan Restaurant Ltd, including owner and director Heron Ali and business partner, company secretary Nazmul Hussain, were then hauled before court for having illegal accommodation.

Fines issued at the hearing in November last year amounted to more than £10,000.

Subsequently the Home Office petitioned for a licensing review into the premises.

At a council hearing last week Mr Ireland, representing Mr Ali from the restaurant, said: “We are accepting there is wrongdoing, we don’t seek to argue at any point during our defence that there hasn’t been, what our issue with is about the proportionality of the net effect, the result.

“My client has had these fines, he has not employed a solicitor to fight them. He has said ‘I have done something wrong, I haven’t appreciated how serious that was and I now understand that’.

“He has struggled to pay these fines but he has paid them because he is accepting the penalty for what he has done. But he has to fight this because if the licence goes away he loses the business, the whole thing is over.

“He is saying that it is going too far both for him and indeed his staff who lose their jobs."

Mr Johns, representing the Home Office, said: “Mr Ali mentioned he had turned a blind eye, he’s admitted his wrongdoing and that he has made that conscious decision to employ the illegal workers, not only that but the wider concern of housing in squalid conditions which is unacceptable.”

The licensing committee published its decision to revoke the licence this week.

It stated; ” We found that the employment of illegal workers and the housing of these and other workers in squalid conditions to be wholly unacceptable and clearly undermined the licensing objective of the prevention of crime and disorder.

“We had no confidence in the management team’s ability to promote the prevention of crime and disorder.”

India Gate will now be forced to close and will not be able to reopen unless Mr Ali, or another potential owner, obtains a new licence from the council.
 

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They are just sharing their native culture, when will the fascist occupation of britain end?
 

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Same old story ... 100% the norm with these foreign restuarants. Nothing unusual about it. Havens of third-worldism and criminality.

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There, the kitchen manager doesn't know much about the employees, but he unfolds a document from his wallet. It appears to be a contract, written in three languages: Chinese, Spanish and English.

The letterhead: Hong Li Job Agency. An 832 phone number. 9107 Bellaire Blvd. Houston, Texas
The investigation that began then and there would lead Homeland Security officers to a human smuggling ring that funneled thousands of unauthorized workers from Central America and Mexico to more than 650 restaurants in 29 states. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Texas indicted 32 in the case, and all pleaded guilty save for three fugitives.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spent four years working to bring down the network, and yet, authorities acknowledge that it was only a small slice of a large underground economy.
Fox News: Britain hit by another Asian grooming gang scandal as report exposes child sex abuse in Manchester
Again, not a "scandal" – it's the norm. The public finding out about it is a scandal tho...
The report is a harrowing look at how Greater Manchester Police and other local authorities failed to take appropriate action more than 15 years ago, despite getting details of nearly 100 “persons of interest” who were using takeout restaurants as a base to rape and abuse children in care between the ages of 11 and 17. It describes offenders as operating “in plain sight” and hanging around care homes and foster homes in cars as they preyed upon vulnerable children
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The report details how all the victims were “young white females” while the perpetrators are “almost exclusively Asian adult males, many of whom are associated via the Asian restaurant trade.”
 

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U.S.: Nationwide human trafficking for Chinese Restaurants:
Fox News: Britain hit by another Asian grooming gang scandal as report exposes child sex abuse in Manchester
Again, not a "scandal" – it's the norm. The public finding out about it is a scandal tho...
The dictionary companies lay out the meaning of the word 'Asian'

Cambridge Dictionary

Asian
adjective

in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, belonging to or relating to China, Japan, or countries near them

in the UK, belonging to or relating to India, Pakistan, or countries near them
Collins Dictionary

Asian

1. ADJECTIVE
Asian means belonging to or relating to Asia. British people use this term especially to refer to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Americans use this term especially to refer to China, Korea, Thailand, Japan, or Vietnam.
Oxford Dictionary

Asian
noun

In British English Asian is used especially to refer to people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In North American English it is used especially to refer to people from the Far East.
I prefer using terms South and East Asian.

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They're not immune to the punishment in Pakistan.

Pakistan Penal Code (Act XLV of 1860)

Of Rape

375. Rape:-
A man is said to commit rape who has sexual intercourse with a woman under circumstances falling under any of the five following descriptions,

(i) against her will.

(ii) without her consent

(iii) with her consent, when the consent has been obtained by putting her in fear of death or of hurt,

(iv) with her consent, when the man knows that he is not married to her and that the consent is given because she believes that the man is another person to whom she is or believes herself to be married; or

(v) With or without her consent when she is under sixteen years of age.
Explanation
Penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual intercourse necessary to the offence of rape.

376. Punishment for rape

(1) Whoever commits rape shall be punished with death or imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten rears or more, than twenty-five years and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) When rape is committed by two or more persons in furtherance of common intention of all, each of such persons shall be punished with death or imprisonment for life.".

3. Punishment of offences committed beyond, but which by law may be tried within Pakistan.
Any person liable, by any Pakistan Law, to be tried for an offence committed beyond Pakistan shall be dealt with according to the provision of this Code for any act committed beyond Pakistan in the same manner as if such act had been committed within Pakistan.

4. Extension of Code to extra-territorial offences.
The provisions of this Code apply also to any offence committed by:-
(1) any citizen of Pakistan or any person in the service of Pakistan in any place without and beyond Pakistan;

Illustrations

(A), a Pakistan subject, commits a murder in Uganda. He can be tried and convicted of murder in any place in Pakistan in which he may be found.

(c), a foreigner who is in the service of Pakistan commits a murder in London. He can be tried and convicted of murder at any place in Pakistan in which he may be found.
 

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The dictionary companies lay out the meaning of the word 'Asian'

I prefer using terms South and East Asian.

They're not immune to the punishment in Pakistan.
Yeah good point on the terminology difference. Really meant foreign restaurants generally than "Asian" specifically...figured people know pakis are the "asians" doing the raping in England but the Collins entry shows that funnily enough "Asian" means almost entirely non-overlapping things to people here.
 

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Bedrooms padlocked from the outside? They were being kept prisoner?
 
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