Homeland Security shuts down 8 Ocean City boardwalk henna tattoo stands

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Getting henna tattoo on Ocean City’s boardwalk may be a little more difficult for vacationers after Homeland Security investigators shut down eight tattoo stands, Ocean City police announced in a release.

Investigators issued warnings to 10 stand operators because selling goods or services did not comply with their federal F-1 student Visas. The foreign students agreed to shut down the stands.

“This cooperative effort between the Ocean City Police Department and HSI is an example of the OCPD's dedication to working with its law enforcement partners to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations,” according to the release.

Henna is a temporary tattoo made from dye cultivated from the henna tree. The origin of the practice dates back to Ancient Egypt and surrounding countries and was tied heavily to pre-marriage celebrations.

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