Three men, one Indian and two Pakistani, were jailed by a Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court on Friday after being caught in raids by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department in October, according to a government statement published on Monday.
The Indian man, 23, was sentenced to 15 months, while the Pakistanis, aged 31 and 50, each received a sentence of 16 months and two weeks in jail, it said.
The Indian, who was an asylum seeker, was found working as a waiter in a restaurant in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui area.
The two Pakistanis were found conveying goods in Ngau Tau Kok and both were non-refoulement claimants, a status given to people claiming asylum who are permitted to stay in Hong Kong but not to work.
Employers suspected of hiring them were also arrested and the investigations are ongoing.
Hong Kong forbids asylum seekers from working while their applications are being processed.