Nathan Road in Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

Eleven foreigners were arrested on suspicion of working without permits early on Tuesday in a joint operation involving Hong Kong’s police, labor and immigration departments.

At 2am on Tuesday, enforcement officers raided targeted locations in the Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui districts in Kowloon. The operation was codenamed Champion, Oriental Daily reported.

A total of three men and eight women aged between 27 and 50 were arrested during the raid.

They included two women from the Philippines and Bangladesh who had entered Hong Kong with their passports but were found to have overstayed.

One Indian man, who is an asylum seeker, had been listed as a wanted person by the immigration department. Another arrested Indian man could not provide any identification documents.

Meanwhile, a local woman, four mainland Chinese women holding double-entry travel permits and two men from South Korea were arrested for allegedly breaching their conditions of stay, overstaying, unlawful entry and using forged documents.

The eleven people were all detained for further investigation.