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12 persons arrested in latest anti-illegal work sweep

11 May 2024

Some of the 12 people arrested in the latest Immigration campaign

A four-day sweep on suspected haunts of illegal workers resulted in the arrest of 12 persons, according to a statement released by the Immigration Department on Friday, May 10.

Those arrested in the operations from May 6 to 9 comprised eight suspected illegal workers, three employers and one aider and abettor.

In one operation, six locations including premises under renovation and restaurants were targeted, and six suspected illegal workers and two employers were arrested.


The suspected illegal workers comprised four men and two women, aged 30 to 58. One man held a recognizance form which prohibits him from taking up work. One of the women possessed a forged  Hong Kong ID card.

Two women, aged 47 and 52, were also arrested on suspicion of employing the six.

In separate raids across Western District, two suspected illegal workers, one employer and one aider and abettor were arrested.

The suspected illegal workers comprised one man and one woman, aged 41 and 47.


One man, aged 43, was suspected of employing the illegal workers while a 60-year-old woman was suspected of aiding and abetting a person who breached the condition of stay in Hong Kong. Both were arrested.

Immigration again warned that breaching a condition of stay like taking up unauthorized employment could result in the offender being prosecuted and upon conviction, sentenced to a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to two years' imprisonment.

The jail term could go up to three years if the violator is an illegal immigrant, is the subject of a removal order or a deportation order, an overstayer or a person who was refused permission to land.

Those found to possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or one belonging to another person face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine of $100,000. The same penalty may be imposed on someone who lent the HKID card to another who used it to take up illegal work.

Employers of illegal workers face the severest penalty of a maximum fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years.


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