In the Media

Illegal au pairs could land householders in prison

PUBLISHED June 23, 2005

Families whose desperation to find an affordable nanny leads them to hire an illegal immigrant face fines of up to £2,000 or a two-year jail sentence.

A concerted drive to tackle the booming black market for foreign bar and restaurant staff, shopworkers and builders, as well as for child-carers, was announced by the Government yesterday. Although it is primarily aimed at gangmasters and shady employment agencies, the move could also hit householders who take on non-EU nannies, au pairs and cleaners without checking their immigration status.