30th June 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Immigration Department (ImmD) mounted a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations codenamed “Lightshadow” and “Twilight” for three consecutive days from 27th June to yesterday. A total of 12 suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were arrested.
During the anti-illegal worker operations, ImmD Task Force officers raided 45 target locations including bars, a car park, food and beverage areas, massage parlours, premises under renovation, recycling yards, residential buildings, restaurants, and a salon. Twelve suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were arrested. The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised four men and eight women, aged 31 to 58. Among them, three men and one woman were holders of recognisance forms, which prohibit them from taking any employment. In addition, three men and two women were suspected of using and being in possession of forged Hong Kong identity cards. Furthermore, one man and two women, aged 38 to 51, suspected of employing the illegal workers were also arrested.
An ImmD spokesman said, “Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him or her shall be guilty of an offence. Also, visitors are not allowed to take employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permission of the Director of Immigration. 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 spokesman warned, “As stipulated in section 38AA of the Immigration Ordinance, an illegal immigrant, a person who is the subject of a removal order or a deportation order, an overstayer or a person who was refused permission to land is prohibited from taking any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or establishing or joining in any business. Offenders are liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment. Under the prevailing laws, it is an offence to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card or a Hong Kong identity card related to another person. Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a maximum fine of $100,000 and up to 10 years’ imprisonment.”