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2 DHs jailed for doing part-time work

11 February 2024


Monmouth Terrace, where the two Filipinos were caught.

Two Filipino domestic helpers who were caught doing part-time work, which violated the Immigration Ordinance, have been sent to jail after they pleaded guilty at Shatin Court.

Ma. Ann Bustamante, 46 years old, and Hardy Chua, 44 years old, were charged along with an Indian, Neeraj Kumar, a 39-year-old asylum seeker, whose case was adjourned to Feb. 26.

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When they appeared before Magistrate David Chum last Friday, Feb. 9, Bustamante and Chua pleaded guilty to breaching the condition of their stay in Hong Kong and, as a result, were each meted 16 days’ imprisonment.

The two, who were under contract with the same employer, were caught on the same day, last Jan. 19, 2024, while doing odd jobs at Monmouth Terrace in Mid-levels, Central.


They were also granted their working visa on the same day, Sept. 20, 2023, when they were given the condition that they must work only for their registered employer.

The two were charged along with Kumar because they were caught doing illegal work at the same time as the Indian at Monmouth Terrace.


However, Kumar’s case was separated because it was different -- taking employment while being a person against whom a removal order is in force.

The arrest of the three came on the day the Immigration department announced the arrest of 13 suspected illegal workers in territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed "Twilight" and joint operations with the Hong Kong Police Force codenamed "Champion" and "Windsand", for four days from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18.


Immigration said Task Force officers raided 24 target locations including premises under renovation, restaurants and retail shops. Seven suspected illegal workers were arrested. 

During operation "Champion", enforcement officers raided 83 target locations in Central and Western districts and arrested six suspected illegal workers.

Immigration has been mounting the operations regularly in an effort to combat illegal work, and has lately been targeting private homes and arrested domestic helpers doing part-time work.

"Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him or her shall be guilty of an offense,” it warned.

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