The illegal procedures, taking place in homes and hotels across the Greater Toronto Area, involve injecting a substance into the body that is advertised as PMMA or polymethylmetacrylate.
Police say the backdoor procedures are leaving some women with serious medical complications.
This type of procedure performed outside a medical facility is very dangerous and could result in long-lasting complications and, in some cases, even death.
0318 08:54 Public Safety Alert, Illegal Buttock Enhancement Procedures is.gd/whSNur
— Toronto Police(@TorontoPolice) March 18, 2013
According to the public safety alert, potential patients are getting appointments through email or referrals, and the unlicensed injector then travels to the client’s home or a hotel to perform the procedure.
Usually costing thousands of dollars, the procedures are paid solely in cash.
Like a similar situation in the U.S., Canadian authorities are cracking down hard in a bid to protect any women and men who may fall victim to the scam.
Anyone with information about the illegal procedures has been asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.