Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called on the police to act against gangs that are stealing women’s hair.
The thieves sell the hair — sometimes stolen at gunpoint — to salons where it is used for extensions and wigs.
Attacks appear to be on the rise, especially in the country’s second largest city Maracaibo, local media report.
Maduro used strong language against what he called “mafias that cut girls’ hair.”
Speaking at the inauguration of a train station in the capital Caracas, he said the government would guarantee that the thieves would be caught.
Several women have reportedly been targeted, being asked to tie their hair into ponytails so that gang members can easily cut it off.
However, the BBC’s Irene Caselli in Venezuela says authorities are yet to receive any formal complaints.
One victim told a local newspaper that she refused to report the case to the police because she feared being teased.
1. get tough v. phr.
對某事強硬起來；態度堅定 (dui4 mou3 shi4 qiang2 ying4 qi3 lai2; tai4 du4 jian1 ding4)
例: The new law gets tough on school violence.
2. on the rise v. phr.
頻率或強度上升中 (pin2 lu4 huo4 qiang2 du4 shang4 sheng1 zhong1)
例: Internet crime is on the rise.
3. tease v.
捉弄；嘲弄；欺負 (zhuo1 nong4; chao2 nong4; qi1 fu4)
例: Bree was teased for having red hair.