Birmingham travel agents targeted in crackdown on unlicensed Hajj tours

The Hajj pilgrimage

The Hajj pilgrimage. Pic: Al Jazeera English

Travel agents in Birmingham have been targeted as part of a crackdown on unlicensed package tours to Mecca.

Trading Standards officers visited 12 businesses – and found nine did not comply with regulations on selling Hajj pilgrimage trips.

Sajeela Naseer, head of Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council, said it was important travellers know what they are purchasing: “We have successfully prosecuted a number of businesses over the past few years, which indicates the scale of the problem facing Hajj pilgrims when deciding which travel operator to use.

“We want pilgrims to know that we take their concerns seriously, understand their problems and will continue to work with our partners, including the City of London Police, to tackle this area of criminality for the protection of Birmingham’s citizens.”

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