13 illegal workers, 2 employers arrested in HK

21:54, June 10, 2010      

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Hong Kong's Immigration Department arrested 15 persons in an anti-illegal worker operation on Wednesday, including 13 illegal workers and two employers suspected of hiring them.

Nine male and four female workers, aged between 24 and 52, were arrested during the operation, which was dubbed "Twilight", and one of them was suspected of possessing a forged Hong Kong identity card.

The Task Force officers from the department raided 15 target locations during the operation, including restaurants, stalls, a foreign exchange shop and garbage depots.

"Visitors are not allowed to take up employment in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without the permission of the Director of Immigration," said an department spokesman.

"Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction to a maximum fine of 50,000 HK dollars (6,419 U.S. dollars) and to imprisonment for two years."

The spokesman also warned that possessing a forged ID is also against law, and offenders may face a maximum 100,000 HK dollars penalty and imprisonment for 10 years.

The Immigration Department arrested 10 illegal workers and 3 employers on June 7.

(1 US dollar is equivalent to 7.789 HK dollars)

Source: Xinhua


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