Immigration arrests 19 illegal workers

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The Immigration Department (ImmD) arrested 19 suspected illegal workers during the territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations from Nov. 15 to 18.

The Immigration Department (ImmD) arrested 19 suspected illegal workers during the territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations from Nov. 15 to 18.

The ImmD Task Force officer raided 19 locations arrested 13 suspected illegal workers and six suspected employers. The ‘Twilight’ operation targeted a car park, industrial building, residential buildings, retail shops, restaurants, vegetable stalls, and warehouses.

Four of them were holders of recognisance forms prohibiting them from taking any employment. One woman was suspected of using and holding a forged Hong Kong identity card.

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During the ‘Champions’ operations, the officers raided locations in Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi district. It includes a car park, massage parlour, restaurant, residential building, and a warehouse. Two men were holders of recognisance forms.

The suspected illegal workers were aged 28 to 58, while the suspected employers were aged 25 to 73.

The spokesman warned that in section 38AA of the Immigration Ordinance, it is specified that an illegal immigrant or a person who is the subject of a removal order or a deportation order and an overstayer or a person who was refused permission to land, is prohibited from taking any employment whether paid or unpaid. 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 offence 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 will face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment.

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