Wales bans intimate body piercing

Intimate body piercing for children has been banned in Wales amid fears it can lead to health issues and make young people vulnerable to abuse.

Under the law, which has just come into force, practitioners are not allowed to carry out or arrange intimate piercings including the tongue and breasts on anyone under 18. Ears, noses, navels and eyebrows are not covered by the ban. As well as the tongue and breasts, the ban, under the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017, includes eight areas around the genitals and buttocks.

Council enforcement officers and police have been trained on how to enforce the new law.

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Nick Jones, a staff member at Blue Banana Body Piercing Studio said: ‘The law doesn’t really affect our business because it’s just a ban for intimate piercing but most of their job do not include these particular body parts, and that’s the same to the other piercing shops.’ He said he thinks Wales did a right step towards the ban because there are certain problems of post-piercing care.

Photo of Cardiff Body Piercing Studio

Cardiff Body Piercing Studio

However, it is interesting that Wales is saying that under 18 are children and do not understand fully or have enough knowledge to deal with intimate piercing, yet they want to give the democratic vote in local council elections to 16 to 18 years old young teenagers.

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