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8 arrested, 2 jailed as Immigration continues crackdown on illegal work

24 September 2021

By The SUN 

Undercover officers have stepped up the crackdown on illegal work amid the pandemic (File)

Eight people have been arrested in another territory-wide operation to flush out illegal workers across Hong Kong, as well as those who employ them, according to a statement released by the Immigration Department today, Sept 24.

Separately, two Vietnamese women were sentenced yesterday to 15 months in jail each by a magistrate in Shatin Court for working illegally.

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According to Immigration, those arrested in the city-wide sweep yesterday were four suspected illegal workers, three persons suspected of employing them and one suspected aider and abettor.

The arrests were part of the operation codenamed “Twilight,” in which undercover officers targeted 11 locations including a fruit stall, premises under renovation, a recycling yard, restaurants, a retail shop, a residential building and a warehouse. 

The four suspected illegal workers were a man and three women aged 35 to 63. The government statement said the man and one woman held recognizance forms, which bar them from taking any employment.

The man was also suspected of using and possessing a forged Hong Kong identity card.

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The suspected employers of the illegal workers were a man and two women, aged 60 to 63. Another man, aged 67, was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting persons who breached their condition of stay.

Meanwhile, the two Vietnamese women, aged 39 and 42, who were employed as odd-job workers, were arrested by Immigration officers during a raid on a food factory in San Po Kong on Aug 10.


Their suspected employer was also arrested. He is being investigated, Immigration said in the press release.

The two women were charged with taking up employment after landing unlawfully and remaining in Hong Kong without the authority of the Director of Immigration. They were also charged with one count each of using a forged Hong Kong identity card.  


They pleaded guilty to both charges.

The Immigration Ordinance stipulates that an illegal immigrant, a person who is subject to a removal or deportation order, an overstayer or a person who was refused permission to land cannot take up any job, paid or unpaid, or set up or join any business.

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The prohibition also applies to foreign domestic workers who do parttime work, or work for a person who is not their employer, or work in an address different from what is stated in their employment contracts.

Offenders will be prosecuted and are liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years' imprisonment.

It is also an offence to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or a Hong Kong identity card related to another person. Offenders face a maximum penalty of a $100,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail upon conviction.
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