Two women from an employment agency were arrested by Customs officers for allegedly violating the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. Photo: Flickr / Commons

Two women from a foreign domestic worker employment agency were arrested by Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the Trade Descriptions Ordinance and having provided a false description about a maid to a customer.

The Customs and Excise Department said in a statement on the Hong Kong government’s website that it had arrested a company director, 48, and a saleswoman, 40, after receiving a complaint from an employer who said his newly-hired maid did not have the two-year work experience promised in her curriculum vitae.

The two women were allowed to post bail. The case is being investigated.

Under Hong Kong’s Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any trader who provides a false trade description of services supplied to a consumer commits an offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$500,000 (US$64,300) and imprisonment of five years.

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