Asian massage parlours in UK to close after crackdown on online abuse
As part of a crackdown on abuse, Asian massage businesses have been ordered to close by the Home Office.
The Home Office said on Friday that it was seeking to enforce the UK’s hate crime law on the online abuse of Asians, with the goal of deterring similar behaviour from happening elsewhere.
“The UK is committed to tackling online hate crime and this includes cracking down on the abuse of Asian women, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups,” a Home Office spokesperson said in a statement.
“We will also take the necessary steps to prevent hate crime against Asians, and will review existing hate crime legislation to ensure that the law is effective.”
The UK’s main Asian-owned massage parls will close on Wednesday following the Home Secretary’s crackdown on abusive comments.
The UK Asian Community Centre said that its “Asian community and Asian women’s rights” was being targeted on social media.
It said it had been threatened with legal action and threatened with violence and destruction of property.
“This action is aimed at making us realise the harm we are doing to our community, our businesses, our community members and our communities,” said AICC chief executive Dr Chum Chum.
“As an Asian woman myself, I have been personally impacted by these attacks and it has devastated me.”
I have been targeted by online abuse and have been subjected to violent and degrading behaviour online.
“The Asian community centre said that it had also been harassed and threatened by members of the public, who had called the Asian community a “bunch of whores”.
The Home Secretary has said that the online bullying is part of an “ongoing campaign of abuse”.
The Asian Community Association said that online abuse was “very worrying” and “is a serious threat to the health and safety of our community”.”
The Government needs to do more to address online hate crimes, and take action against those responsible,” AICU chief executive Tan Bae Yoo said.
The National Union of Students (NUS) said the Home Department’s decision “further undermines trust in the institutions of our society”.”
It undermines the credibility of our institutions and it undermines the trust that our community places in them,” NUS secretary general Adam Marshall said.”
What we need is a government that is committed not just to protecting our communities, but also to supporting our diverse communities.
“It’s time for the Government to take action.”
The Home Affairs Select Committee is investigating hate crime allegations against Asian-origin women and children.