% Arabica Coffee shop. Photo: https://arabica.coffee

A case involving a 24-year-old Japanese coffee barista who allegedly breached her condition of stay was mentioned a Sha Tin Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

On June 8, Nozomi Takiguchi was arrested by the Immigration Department. She allegedly worked illegally in a % Arabica branch in Tsim Sha Tsui, Oriental Daily reported.

Takiguchi was found to be working as a barista in the shop on June 8, according to Immigration Department officers.

According to her condition of stay, Takiguchi could stay in Hong Kong as a visitor only until September 5, adding that during the period, she could not work paid or unpaid without permission from the Director of Immigration.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge. She was released on bail of HK$10,000 (US$1,281) in cash and HK$10,000 in surety pending the court hearing on September 28, Apple Daily reported.

According to Section 41 of the Immigration Ordinance, any person who contravenes a condition of stay is guilty of an offense. Also, visitors are not allowed to be employed in Hong Kong, whether paid or unpaid, without permission from the Director of Immigration. Offenders are liable to prosecution and upon conviction face a fine of up to HK$50,000 and up to two years’ imprisonment.

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