Illegal skin whitening trade in London exposed

Illegal skin whitening creams are still being sold in independent shops across London, despite prosecutions for the shop owners.

Shaba Hair and Cosmetics stores have been fined for dealing in creams containing hydroquinone but researchers found outlets continuing to sell them.

Products containing hydroquinone can damage the liver and nervous system.

Shaba director Banaras Hussain has been prosecuted for selling the banned creams at his shops on three previous occasions – in Enfield, Dalston and Peckham.

A BBC London undercover team visited his shop in Peckham where they were sold illegal cream.

Bulletin: BBC London News
Presenter: Alex Bushill
Reporter: Tarah Welsh

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