Regulators in NSW Australia have introduced strict new licensing requirements in an effort to get tough on crime gangs that are dominating the body art industry in that state.
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The Australian State government of NSW introduced tough new Licensing laws earlier this year in an effort to squeeze bikie gangs out of the industry. Tattoo parlour owners have until 01/October/2013 to apply for a licence or face harsh fines for non compliance.
ABC News Reported About Police Intentions to Get Tough
NSW Police say that bikie gangs have been using the tattoo industry to operate criminal enterprises such as money laundering and illicit drug distribution. From 1 October 2013 it will be against the law to perform a body art tattoo procedure for a fee or reward without a licence, or to conduct a body art tattooing business without a licence.
The ABC 7:30 Report did their own investigation which was recently broadcast on Australian national television.
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