Sham Shui Po in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

Some 23 Thai women were arrested during a police raid in Kowloon on Tuesday amid suspicion that they were working in a pub without permits.

Enforcement officers visited a pub on Fuk Wa Street in Sham Shui Po at 10pm, where they posed as customers and found dozens of Thai women wearing sexy outfits and drinking with customers, Oriental Daily reported.

After an investigation, officers found the 23 women, aged from 20 to 41 and all holding Thai passports, came to Hong Kong in early March. The women were arrested for allegedly breaching conditions of their stay.

Two local men aged 32 and 43 were arrested for alleged illegal employment and aiding and abetting people to breach the conditions of their stay.

It was understood that the Thai women were hired as waitresses and to drink with customers. They received tips from customers via vouchers that they could exchange for cash with the management.

Police are investigating if any vice activities were involved as it was believed that the pub was controlled by triad members.

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