Five persons arrested during an anti-illegal worker operation

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15th September 2021 – (Hong Kong)      ​The Immigration Department (ImmD) mounted an anti-illegal worker operation in Sheung Wan today. A total of four suspected illegal workers and one suspected employer were arrested.

During the operation, ImmD Task Force officers raided a residential building. A total of four suspected illegal workers and one suspected employer were arrested. The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised one man and three women, aged 30 to 44. Among them, one woman was a holder of a recognisance form, which prohibits her from taking any employment. Furthermore, one woman, aged 53, was suspected of employing the illegal workers.

 “Any person who contravenes a condition of stay in force in respect of him 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 HK$50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment. Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties,” an ImmD spokesman said.

The spokesman warned that, as stipulated in section 38AA of the Immigration Ordinance, an illegal immigrant, an overstayer, a person who is the subject of a removal order or a deportation order 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 HK$50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment.

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