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Housing Department investigation leads to prosecution

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Tuesday 19 February 2013

An investigation by the Housing Department has resulted in a guest worker being convicted of five offences under the Housing Control Law.  Following the successful prosecution, the Housing Department is sending out a strong message that people who don't comply with the Housing Control and Right to Work Laws can expect to be found out and brought to justice.

''Whilst we continue to encourage every employer to do all they can to recruit locally, we do recognise that some employers need to bring guest workers to the Island,'' said Deputy Dave Jones, Housing Minister, ''but this is a timely reminder to every person coming to live and work in the Island that they must comply with our Laws.  I hope this conviction stands as a clear warning to guest workers, employers and landlords alike, that it they don't comply with the Housing Control and Right to Work Laws they can expect to found out and referred for prosecution.''

Anyone who suspects a person is living and working in the Island unlawfully can pass information to the Housing Department via its helpline: 715790.  Calls will be treated in the strictest confidence, and can be made anonymously.

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