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2 Filipinas among 16 women arrested in anti-vice raid

17 June 2021

By The SUN 

The women are suspected to have worked illegally, overstayed or possessed invalid HKID cards

Hong Kong Police, together with officers from the Immigration and Labour Departments have reportedly arrested 16 foreign women in a joint anti-vice operation conducted Wednesday, Jun 16.

Those arrested were made up of nine Chinese nationals, two Filipinas and an Indonesian with HKID cards, three other Indonesians without ID cards, and a Thai woman with a passport.

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They were rounded up in several raids at multiple locations in the Yau Tsim Mong area.

The women were suspected of violating their visa conditions, overstaying their visas, accepting illegal work or possessing invalid identity cards.


In a separate case a Vietnamese woman found to have worked illegally as a manicurist was sentenced to 15-month imprisonment at Shatin Court yesterday.

The 21-year-old defendant was arrested on May 3 by Immigration investigators during a raid on a manicure shop in Sai Wan after she was found to carry a recognizance form, which prohibits her from taking employment.


She pleaded guilty to charges of illegal work and remaining in Hong Kong without the authority of the Immigration Director, or while a removal or deportation order against her was in force.

A person suspected of having hired her illegally was also arrested and is still being investigated.

A statement from Immigration has warned illegal immigrants or those holding recognizance forms that they are violating the law if they take up any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or join any business operation.

Offenders face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years imprisonment, although the Court of Appeals has issued a sentencing guideline of 15 months’ imprisonment in such cases.

Those found to employ people who are not allowed to take up work are themselves guilty of an offence, for which the maximum penalty is three years’ imprisonment and a fine of ip to $350,000.

Employers can also be held liable if they fail to inspect the job seeker’s HKID card. The maximum penalty for such an offence is imprisonment for one year and a fine of $150,000.

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