Crackdown on illegal traders

TARGETED: Illegal street traders, commonly called ‘looky-looky’men.

AN inland town has been getting tough on ‘looky-looky’ men who sell pirated goods. So far this year, there have been 100 disciplinary proceedings against this illegal activity in El Ejido.

This is a 600 per cent increase compared to the same period last year when there were just nine.  The town hall hopes that cracking down will help protect the interests of legitimate businesses in the municipality.

“Businesses are already suffering due to the economic crisis,” said Mayor Francisco Gongora. “They work hard, follow the rules and pay their taxes, yet have been losing trade due to these illegal activities. “We have intensified efforts to stop the sale of pirated products for the good of the public.”

He added that the council would be continuing these controls through the local police and placing tougher sanctions on the guilty parties.  This includes perishable products, which when confiscated are checked to insure they are fit for human consumption and then given to charitable institutions, while those that are not, are destroyed.

Meanwhile, the buying public can join the fight by refusing to buy goods from ‘looky-looky’ men including fake designer watches, handbags, sunglasses, belts and pirated CDs and DVDs.

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