Twenty-six persons arrested during anti-illegal worker operations

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11th June 2021 – (Hong Kong)      The Immigration Department (ImmD) mounted a series of territory-wide anti-illegal worker operations, including operations codenamed “Twilight” and joint operations with the Hong Kong Police Force codenamed “Champion”, from 7th to 10th June. A total of 18 suspected illegal workers and seven suspected employers were arrested. One suspected illegal immigrant was also arrested.

During operations “Twilight”, ImmD Task Force officers raided 39 target locations including a car park, factories, garbage collection depots, a massage parlour, premises under renovation, retail shops, residential buildings, restaurants and a warehouse. Eight suspected illegal workers and four employers were arrested. The suspected illegal workers comprised two men and six women, aged 41 to 59. Among them, two men were holders of recognisance forms, which prohibit them from taking any employment. In addition, three women were suspected of using and being in possession of forged Hong Kong identity cards. Meanwhile, two men and two women, aged 53 to 60, were suspected of employing the illegal workers.

In addition, during operations “Champion”, enforcement officers raided 55 target locations in the Hong Kong International Airport cargo terminal, Kwai Chung, Tsing Yi and Tsuen Wan district including a car park, industrial buildings, loading/unloading platforms, offices, restaurants, warehouses and a wet market. Ten suspected illegal workers, three suspected employers and a suspected illegal immigrant were arrested. The suspected illegal workers comprised 10 men, aged 26 to 48. Among them, nine men were holders of recognisance forms, which prohibit them from taking any employment. Meanwhile, two men and a woman, aged 38 to 68, were suspected of employing the illegal workers. In addition, the male suspected illegal immigrant claimed to be aged 30. Among them, 10 suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were handled by the ImmD.

“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 $50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment. Aiders and abettors are also liable to prosecution and penalties,” an ImmD spokesman said.

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