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Recruiter arrested for lying to FDH while another agency loses license

06 May 2021

By The SUN 

The agency staff allegedly failed to submit an applicant's work contract as promised

​A female employment agency staff in Yuen Long was arrested Tuesday by Customs officers on suspicion of applying false trade descriptions to a service her company supplied by lying to a foreign domestic helper jobseeker about her application.

The arrest came a day after an employment agency in Taipo had its license revoked by the Labour Department for reportedly failing to meet the requirements set out in the Code of Practice for Employment Agencies.


Officers arrested the agency staff after she falsely claimed that the helper’s work application had already been submitted to the relevant government department for processing, the department said in a government press release.

The job applicant later found out that the claim of the 25-year-old agency staff was false, so she filed a complaint.

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When Customs received the information, it investigated a possible contravention of the TDO that led to the arrest of the woman yesterday, May 4.

Investigation is ongoing and the arrested woman has been released on bail pending further inquiry, the Customs said.

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The department reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and advised consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

The Customs also urged the public to report suspected violations of the TDO to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (


Meanwhile, the Labour Department announced on May 3 that it revoked the license of Hong Kong Maid Agency for failing to have reasonable knowledge of the requirements and standards set out in the Code.

The LD said in a press release that Hong Kong Maid failed to include all required items in service agreements signed with employers.

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The agency failed to arrange for foreign domestic helpers to confirm in writing that they have been fully briefed about their rights and obligations, and it also failed to keep records relating to the dealings with FDHs.

The requirements also include the FDHs’ acknowledgement that they received the sample standard employment contract in their mother language, the LD said.

In addition, the licensee of the employment agency was also considered not a fit and proper person to operate an EA, the LD said.

Under relevant sections of the Employment Ordinance, the Commissioner for Labour may revoke the license of an EA if he is satisfied that the licensee concerned has not complied with the Code, or is not a fit and proper person to operate an EA.

“The Code sets out the salient legal requirements that EA operators must observe in operating their business, as well as the minimum standards which the Commissioner expects from EAs,” a spokesman for the LD said.

This is the first revocation of an employment agency license in 2021. Last year, three agencies had their licenses revoked for failing to comply with the Code’s legal requirements, the LD said. 

For enquiries about matters relating to EAs or complaints about their malpractices, call the Employment Agencies Administration at 2115 3667, or visit its office at Unit 906, 9/F, One Mong Kok Road Commercial Centre, 1 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon.
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