Raid in 10 locations of ImmDept anti-illegal workers operation

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Raid in 10 locations of ImmDept anti-illegal workers operation

 

10 target locations were raided yesterday (June 14), during the Immigration Department territory-wide anti-illegal worker operation. The locations include restaurants, retail shops, employment agencies, industrial buildings, and financial companies.

With the codenamed “Swordfish”, a total of seven suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were arrested.

Three foreign domestic workers (FDWs), one former domestic worker with no employment visa (overstayer), and three people holding recognizance forms (which prohibit them from taking employment), aged from 31 to 48, were the seven suspected illegal workers that were arrested.

Meanwhile, one man and two women, aged 23 to 69, were arrested for employing the suspected illegal workers. ImmD investigators found the suspected illegal workers at the target locations performing different jobs, including dishwashing and food processing.

An ImmD spokesman emphasized that an FDH should only perform domestic duties for the employer specified in the contract. An FDH should not take up any other employment, including part-time domestic duties, with any other person. The employer should not require or allow the FDH to carry out any work for any other person.
An ImmD spokesman emphasized that an FDW should only perform domestic duties for the employer specified in the contract. An FDW should not take up any other employment, including part-time domestic duties, with any other person. The employer should not require or allow the FDW to carry out any work for any other person.

The spokesman said, “Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him or her shall be guilty of an offense. Also, visitors are not allowed to take employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permission of the Director of Immigration. Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment. Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties.”