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Immigration nets 16 people in new anti-illegal work raids

31 July 2021

By The SUN 

10 of those arrested were suspected illegal workers (GIS photo)

The Immigration Department has kept up its crackdown on illegal workers in Hong Kong with the arrest of 16 people earlier this week.

In a statement released Friday, Immigration said those arrested included 10 suspected illegal workers, who were arrested in a territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed “Twilight”.


Five of those rounded up were suspected of employing the illegal workers, while one is accused of aiding and abetting the illegal stay of a suspect. Their nationalities were not disclosed.

Immigration task force officers reported 16 target locations such as car parks, garages, house under renovation, a recycling yard, restaurants, retail shops and a shopping mall on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised four men and six women, aged 30 to 59. Two men and one woman were holders of recognizance forms, which prohibit them from taking any employment.

Two other women were suspected of using and possessing forged Hong Kong identity cards, the Immigration said.


Five men, aged 20 to 62, were suspected of employing the illegal workers. A 49-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting a person who breached her condition of stay.

The department warned that any person who contravenes a condition of stay shall be guilty of an offense. Visitors are also prohibited from taking employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permission of the Director of Immigration.

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Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment. Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties, the Immigration said.

Illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal order or a deportation order are prohibited from taking any job, paid or unpaid, or setting up or joining any business. Offenders face a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years in jail upon conviction.


Using or possessing a forged Hong Kong identity card or an HKID card issued to another person is against the law and offenders face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to 10 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.

The department said employing people who are not lawfully employable is an offense that makes offenders liable to a maximum fine of $350,000 and up to three years in jail.

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