25 persons arrested during anti-illegal worker operations

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The Immigration Department mounted a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed "Breakthrough" for three consecutive days from November 14 to November 16. Photo shows Immigration investigation sub-division officers distributing "Don't Employ Illegal Workers" leaflets to restaurant staff.

A total of 19 suspected illegal workers and six suspected employers were arrested from Nov 14 to Nov 16 in a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations by the Immigration Department (ImmD).

The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised six men and 13 women, aged 21 to 67.

In addition, one woman was suspected of using and being in possession of a Hong Kong identity card related to another person.

Furthermore, five men and one woman, aged 41 to 82, were suspected of employing illegal workers and were also arrested.

During the anti-illegal worker operations, ImmD investigation sub-division officers raided 34 target locations including a dishwashing factory, premises under renovation, a shopping mall, a retail shop, hotels, residential buildings, and commercial buildings.

Promotional leaflets were distributed to shop owners to step up publicity campaigns against the hiring of persons not lawfully employable and to remind the public of the serious consequences of unlawful employment.

The ImmD spokesman warned, “As stipulated in section 38AA of the Immigration Ordinance, an illegal immigrant, a person who is the subject of a removal order or a deportation order, an overstayer or a person who was refused permission to land is prohibited from taking any employment, whether paid or unpaid or establishing or joining in any business. Offenders are liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years imprisonment. Under the prevailing laws, it is an offense to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or a Hong Kong identity card related to another person. Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment.”