16 people arrested in latest anti-illegal work operations
One of the female suspects is led away by Immigration officers

Sixteen people were arrested in a three-day
operation mounted by the Immigration Department to flush out illegal workers
and their enablers.

Those arrested comprised 10 suspected illegal works,
three employers and three aiders and abettors.

The raids conducted on April 29 and 30 and May 2,
were staged in collaboration with the Hong Kong Police.

In the first series of operations 22 locations were
targeted, including a massage parlour, premises under renovation, a residential
flat and restaurants.

Seven suspected illegal workers, comprising three
men and four women were arrested, aged 28 to 64. Among them, two women were
found to hold recognisance forms, which prohibit them from taking up any work.
Two other women possessed forged HKID cards.

One man aged 48, was arrested along with them on
suspicion of having employed them.

Two men and one woman, aged 34 to 44, who were
suspected of aiding and abetting a person who breached the condition of stay in
Hong Kong, were also arrested.

In a separate operation, 16 locations in Eastern
district were targeted.

Three suspected illegal workers, comprising one man
and two women, aged 36 to 50, were arrested. The man was found to possess a
fake HKID card.

One man and one woman, aged 45 and 49, who were
suspected of employing the illegal workers, were also arrested.

Immigration again warned that illegal work is a
serious offense, for which the penalty is a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to
two years’ imprisonment if the offender is a visitor.

The prison term goes up to three years if the
offender is an overstayer, subject to a removal order or was refused permission
to land.

Those who use of possess a forged HKID card or one
belonging to another person can be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined
$100,000.

Employers face the highest penalty of a maximum fine
of $500,000 and a jail term of up to 10 years.

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