11 persons arrested in anti-illegal work operations
The Kowloon City Police District Special Duties Team, together with officers from the Kowloon City Divisional Task Force, Hung Hom Divisional Task Force, West Kowloon Emergency Unit, West Kowloon Regional Tactical Unit, Labour Department, and Immigration Department, conducted an inter-departmental anti-illegal immigrant and illegal labor operation code-named “CHAMPION” in the Kowloon City Police District yesterday (August 22), raiding various locations in the district
Violations include “Overstaying”, “Failure to carry identity documents”, “Managing vice establishments”, “Assisting in the management of vice establishments”, “Obstructing business”, “Remaining in Hong Kong without the authorization of the Director of Immigration”, “Breach of conditions of stay” and “Wanted person”.
During the operation, officers arrested 11 persons, including one local woman, five non-Chinese women, two Mainland men, and three Mainland women, aged between 27 and 50, on suspicion of “overstaying”, “failure to carry identity documents”, “managing vice establishments”, “assisting in managing vice establishments”, “obstructing business”, “remaining in Hong Kong without the authorization of the Director of Immigration”, “breach of condition of stay” and “wanted person”. conditions of stay” and “wanted persons”.
The five non-Chinese women are three Indonesians and two Filipinos. One of the two Filipino women is a Hong Kong ID holder, while the other Filipino did not present an HK ID, police said in an interview over the phone.
All arrestees are being detained for investigation and some have been referred to the relevant authorities for follow-up.
Under the Immigration Ordinance, Cap. 115, any person who contravenes a condition of stay valid for him commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a fine of HK$50,000 and to imprisonment for two years. All visitors are prohibited from taking up any employment, whether paid or unpaid, without the prior approval of the Director of Immigration. Offenders are subject to prosecution and, upon conviction, are liable to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 and imprisonment for two years, and both aiding and abetting.