The Immigration Department (ImmD) raided 17 target locations including restaurants, residential buildings, and a retail shop in a series of territory-wide anti-illegal operations for four consecutive days from October 16 to October 19.
Three suspected illegal workers and three suspected employers were arrested. The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised three women, aged 28 to 46. Among them, one woman was a holder of a recognizance form, which prohibits her from taking any employment. One man and two women, aged 38 to 55, were suspected of employing the illegal workers and were also arrested.
Meanwhile, police enforcement officers raided 47 target locations in the Central district. Two suspected illegal workers were arrested. The arrested suspected illegal workers comprised one man and one woman, aged 31 and 56. The man was a holder of a recognizance form, which prohibits him from taking any employment.
Furthermore, one male Mainland visitor, aged 56, was arrested for breaching his condition of stay by being involved in suspected illegal parallel trading activities at San Wan Road in Sheung Shui district.
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 offense. 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.”