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17 people arrested in Immigration's anti-illegal work swoop

24 April 2021

By The SUN 

Photo taken from the latest anti-illegal work crackdown (GIS photo)

Twelve suspected illegal workers and five suspected employers were arrested in a series of anti-illegal worker operations codenamed “Twilight” from Apr 19 to 22 across Hong Kong, the Immigration Department reported.

Raided were 45 targets including a commercial block, a container yard, food processing factories, a garbage collection depot, a manicure shop, a massage parlor, premises under renovation, recycling yards and residential buildings.


Also raided were restaurants, a wet market and a vegetable stall, a government press release said. The nationalities of the arrested persons were not disclosed.

The arrested workers comprised seven men and five women aged 27 to 59. Four of the men were holders of recognizance forms, which prohibit them from taking any employment.


One man was suspected of using and having a forged Hong Kong ID card, while three men and two women aged 44 to 60 were suspected of employing the illegal workers.

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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,” the Immigration statement said.

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It said offenders are liable to prosecution and face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment upon conviction. “Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties.”

The statement said that illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal or deportation order are prohibited from taking any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or establishing or joining in any business.

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Offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment upon conviction. A Court of Appeal guideline calls for a sentence of 15 months’ in jail for doing illegal work.


It is an offence to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or one that is issued to another person. Offenders are liable to prosecution and a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and up to 10 years' imprisonment.

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The spokesman also reiterated that it is a serious offense to employ people who are not lawfully employable. The maximum penalty is three years in jail and a $350,000 fine.

He said employers must take all practicable steps to determine whether a person is lawfully employable before hiring him.


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