The Shatin Magistrates’ Court in the New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail by Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for employing an illegal worker from Vietnam.

The woman was arrested after the Immigration Department raided a refuse-collection point in Kowloon Bay last July 3. Agents also arrested a male Vietnamese who was working illegally on garbage disposal, according to a government release.

The worker was jailed earlier.

It is considered a serious offense in Hong Kong to employ an illegal worker, and the maximum penalty is imprisonment for three years and a fine of HK$350,000 (US$44,665).

The Immigration Department says employers must take all practicable steps to determine whether a person is lawfully employable prior to employment by inspecting their identity card among other precautions.

It is also an offense if an employer fails to inspect a job seeker’s travel documents if he or she does not have a Hong Kong permanent identity card. The maximum penalty is imprisonment for one year and a fine of HK$150,000.

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