Immigration Department nabs eleven illegal workers

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The Immigration Department nabs eleven illegal workers during the territory-wide anti-illegal worker operation on Oct. 7. (Photo Source: info.gov.hk)

A total of eight suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were nabbed by the Immigration Department during the territory-wide anti-illegal worker operation on Oct. 7.

In a government announcement, ImmD Task Force raided a total of eight locations including massage parlours, restaurants, and retail shop.

The arrested illegal workers were all women, ages 22 to 56. Six of them were found using a forged Hong Kong identity card and one has recognizance form, prohibiting her from taking any employment.

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“Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him shall be guilty of an offence. 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 HK$50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment. Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties,” an ImmD spokesman said.

The spokesman added that it is a serious offence to employ people who are not lawfully employable.

The ImmD will conduct a standard procedure to verify if they are trafficking in persons victims. These include vulnerable people such as illegal workers, illegal immigrants, sex workers and foreign domestic workers, who are arrested during any operations.

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