A mother from Northampton has called for stricter guidelines on body piercing after finding out her 13-year-old daughter was pierced without her consent.
Jolene Hawtin, of Kingsthorpe, was angry when she found out her daughter, Leighshy Myrie, had said she was 16 in order to have her navel pierced.
Leighshy claimed she was not asked to prove her age when she was pierced.
There is no legal age restriction on most body piercing in the UK, but Ms Hawtin believes shops have a duty of care to young customers.
Ms Hawtin said: “Obviously I’m angry. I know what Leighshy did was wrong and I’m not defending her, but they should ask for identification or parental consent before they pierce bodies.
“My concern is for kids who are lying to their parents because they know they are too young to get a piercing.
“If they are having one without anyone knowing and then they get an infection, imagine what could happen.”
Ms Hawtin said she thought shops should check ID and is calling for clearer rules across the industry.
The tattoo parlour told Ms Hawtin their guidelines dictate they do not pierce anyone under 15. The manager refused to comment when approached by the Chron.
Ms Hawtin said: “Thirteen is too young to buy cigarettes and I think it’s too young to get a piercing when your body is still growing.”