Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

An Indonesian woman was jailed for 18 months by a Shatin Magistrates’ Court last week on charges of working illegally and using a forged Hong Kong identity card after being caught in a raid early this month, according to a government statement.

The woman, 46, was working as a dishwasher in a restaurant in Taikoo Shing on Hong Kong Island during the raid by the Immigration Department on August 1.

She showed the officers a forged Hong Kong ID card. Further investigation revealed that she was a non-refoulement claimant who did not have the right to work in the city.

An employer who allegedly hired the woman was arrested and the department is investigating the case.

A spokesman for the Immigration Department warned that as stipulated in Section 38AA of the Immigration Ordinance, illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal order or a deportation order are prohibited from taking any employment, whether paid or unpaid, or establishing or joining in any business. Offenders are liable upon conviction to a maximum fine of HK$50,000 (US$6,400) and up to three years’ imprisonment.

It is also an offense to use or possess a forged Hong Kong identity card. Offenders are liable to prosecution and a maximum penalty of a HK$100,000 fine and up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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