Horror look at ‘illegal’ beauty salon: court
A Melbourne jewellery shop was allegedly offering illegal cosmetic procedures in an unsanitised back room with cockroaches and dirty equipment, a court has heard.
Sonoun Kimlee Salon, run by husband-and-wife Sonoun Saing and Kim Lee Tan in Springvale Shopping Centre last year, offered tattooing, eyelid clipping and lip fillers but had never been registered, it was alleged in the Dandenong Magistrates Court this month.
They are each facing a charge of operating an unregistered business performing beauty therapy, skin penetration and tattooing.
It will be alleged some of the procedures require medical training but were being performed in a room beside a kitchen with a "significant cockroach infestation".
Greater Dandenong Council environmental health officer Susan Cockbill told the court she saw the infestation in the kitchenette of the store near the alleged unsterilised beauty treatment room, with cockroaches "running over the surface" of a cupboard.
On January 21, 2019, a staff member at the shopping centre alerted council with concerns people were leaving the store "with blood on their faces", court documents allege.
An investigation on January 22 is alleged to have revealed that behind the shopfront - where jewellery, handbags and shoes were sold - was a room where the business was performing cosmetic procedures, tattooing, and beauty treatments.
Environment Health Officer Rebecca Jones allegedly saw a room in an "unhygienic and disorganised condition" with a treatment bed.
It allegedly had no handwashing facilities, furniture that was not cleaned or disinfected, unhygienically stored microblading and cosmetic tattooing equipment, used tissues lying around, and used make-up brushes and scissors in an unsterilised environment.
A later investigation is alleged to have found used and unused tattooing and microblading equipment stored in the same bag.
"The premises had no appropriate facilities, equipment or chemicals to appropriately clean and sterilise any equipment used for skin penetration procedures," it is alleged.
Officer Jones ordered the business to stop performing beauty or tattooing services until it was registered.
On April 10 Officer Jones returned to the business and was told by the manager that "she was ready to start trading as she had installed a hand wash basin in the treatment room," court documents allege.
On May 7, when Officer Jones returned to close down the business, she allegedly found a list of procedures offered with side effects including: "Clip the eyelids - a little bit scar and blood".
There was also a form "with a purported disclaimer that it was the customer's responsibility if anything goes wrong and that they will not sue or take legal action", it is alleged.
Documents seen by the environmental health officers were in English and Cambodian.
Items seized when the business was shut down included lip filler, an electronic centrifuge, hypodermic needles, black and clear thread "used to stitch skin", surgical blades, tattoo pen nibs, injectable anaesthetic, syringes, and "skin whitening" powder, the court was told.
Officer Jones formed the view that there was a serious risk to public health," court documents state.
"When Officer Jones opened (a) cupboard door, it was covered in live cockroaches which fell off the edge of the door and scattered when it was opened.
"Cockroach dirt was also observed in a cupboard to the left of the makeup counter."
The business offered eyebrow tattooing, eyelid clipping, lip tattooing, skin peels, mole removal, eye and lip filler, and tattoo removal, Mrs Tan and Mr Saing said in an interview, according to court documents.
They also described an available procedure as "put needles near eye and put thread in to pull up cheeks".
A public health release issued by the Victorian government on July 24 warned customers of the salon they may be at risk of blood diseases including HIV and hepatitis.
"Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr Brett Sutton today urged people who had cosmetic procedures at an unregistered salon in the City of Greater Dandenong to see their GP to test for blood-borne viruses," the public was warned.
The matter will return to court on February 4.
Originally published as Horror look at 'illegal' beauty salon: court