Joint operation targets illegal labour in East Kowloon, 23 arrested, including 2 wanted Pakistani nationals

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12th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) Police  from East Kowloon, Wong Tai Sin, Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong, and Tseung Kwan O joined forces with the Immigration Department to execute a meticulously planned operation. The primary objective of this joint operation was to dismantle networks involved in illegal labour, with a particular focus on crime-ridden areas in East Kowloon.

As a result of the operation, a total of 23 individuals were apprehended. Among the arrested individuals were two local male employers, two local female employers, three Chinese men, four Chinese women, three foreign men, and seven foreign women. Their ages ranged from 29 to 62 years old. The foreign nationals involved in the operation hailed from Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Thailand, with some individuals found in possession of travel documents and passports. The charges brought against the arrested individuals encompass a wide range of offences, including employing individuals not legally authorized to work, aiding and abetting illegal labour in violating residency conditions, remaining in Hong Kong without authorization from the Director of Immigration, engaging in unauthorized employment in Hong Kong, violating residency conditions, overstaying their permitted period of stay, and using counterfeit documents.

Furthermore, the operation resulted in the arrest of two 29-year-old Pakistani men, each wanted for separate legal infractions, namely outstanding fines and failure to report as required. All arrested individuals are currently in custody, undergoing thorough investigation to uncover any additional evidence and potential accomplices involved in these illegal labour activities.