Three domestic workers charged with breach of condition of stay for allegedly recruiting OFWs to work in Poland
On June 17, a case of three Filipino domestic workers was heard at the Shatin Magistrates Courts, charged with breach of condition of stay.
The three Filipino women, who are released on bail, stood in the public gallery and went in front of the court when their case was called to hear the charge against them which was read by the Filipino interpreter.
As stated in the court document, the offense is contrary to section 41 of the Immigration Ordinance, Cap.155, Laws of Hong Kong.
The defense lawyer of the three women, Retales MP, Tacbad JT, and Maravilla RT, asked Acting Principal Magistrate David Cheung Chi-wai to adjourn the case to give each woman more time for their case giving them instructions and to take their case separately.
AP Magistrate David Cheung Chi-wai scheduled the adjournment of the case for 7 July, at the same court at 9:30. He also said that the three Filipino women would be represented individually by three Duty Lawyers. The three Filipino women were still on bail and a Filipino interpreter will be provided with them during the hearing, AP Magistrate Cheung added.
Retales MP, Tacbad JT, and Maravilla RT while outside the court said that they were charged with breach of condition as they were recruiting other domestic workers to work in Poland. The three domestic workers are presently still working with their employers while waiting for the development of their cases.
Breach of condition of stay
Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him shall be guilty of an offense and shall be liable on conviction to a fine at level 5 and to imprisonment for 2 years.