Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court in Hong Kong. Photo: Google Maps

An employer and the head of an employment agency were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in the first conviction of a domestic worker “leased out” to work in mainland China.

Female employer Wong San-wing, 46, was sentenced to six months’ jail – suspended for two years – while Chan Chun-kwai, 66, head of the employment agency involved, got six months in prison, Oriental Daily reported.

The court heard earlier that the Immigration Department received a case in October 2015 relating to a 44-year-old Filipino domestic worker who was forced to work in mainland China.

The department said Wong, an insurance agent living in Kowloon’s Hung Hom with two children, hired the Filipina domestic worker.

The Filipina came to Hong Kong in June 2015 but she was taken to Wenzhou in Zhejiang province two months later to work as a maid for a mainland woman surnamed Huang, who is the cousin of Wong, Apple Daily reported.

In September, the domestic worker was asked to go back to Hong Kong to renew her visa. She then reported her situation to the Immigration Department and police.

After an investigation, officers from the organized crime and triad bureau arrested Wong in December and Chan in February 2016.

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