14 people arrested in latest Immigration crackdown

 

One of those arrested is led away by Immigration agents

A total of 12 suspected illegal workers and two
employers were arrested in the latest four-day operation conducted by the
Immigration Department to crack down on illegal work.

The operations were carried out across Hong Kong
from April 15 to April 18.

In a series of raids on 43 locations, including
premises under renovation, restaurants and a wet market, five suspected illegal
workers and one employer were arrested.

The workers comprised four men and one woman, aged
32 to 70. The suspected employer is 41.

Four of the workers held recognizance papers which
forbid them from taking up any job in Hong Kong. One of them, a woman,
possessed a forged HK ID card.

The remaining eight suspects were arrested in a
sweep of 80 target locations in Western District.

The suspected illegal workers comprised two men and
five women, aged 23 to 51. The employer is aged 56.

Among the arrested workers, one man held a
recognizance form, the others held visas that also prohibited them from taking
up any job in Hong Kong.

All visitors in Hong Kong are prohibited from taking
up work, whether paid or unpaid, or engage in any business. Violators could be fined
up to $50,000 and jailed for a maximum of two years.

The maximum jail term rises to three years if the
violator is subject of a removal order, or a deportation order, an overstayer
or a person who was refused permission to land.

Using or possessing a forged HKID card or one that
belongs to another person is a more serious offence, for which the maximum fine
is $100,000 and the jail term is up to 10 years.

Employers of illegal workers face the harshest
penalty of a fine of up to $500,000 along with a 10-year jail term.

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