Four Indonesian women and two local employers were sentenced to jail at the magistrates’ court in Hong Kong on Thursday and Friday after raids by Immigration Department officers.
Two Indonesian women aged 38 and 39 were arrested when they were found to be working in a restaurant kitchen in Kowloon’s Jordan on June 27. Both were asylum seekers, according to a government website.
In another raid on the same day, officers arrested two Indonesian women aged 36 and 41 who were serving customers and washing dishes in a restaurant in Yuen Long in the New Territories.
One was an asylum seeker while the other was an overstaying domestic worker.
The three who claimed to be asylum seekers pleaded guilty at the Shatin and Tuen Mun magistrates’ courts respectively and were sentenced to 15 to 16 months’ imprisonment.
The overstaying domestic worker was charged with one count of breaching the conditions of her stay by taking up unapproved employment, one count of overstaying and one count of using a Hong Kong identity card belonging to another person. All sentences were to run concurrently, making a total of 15 months’ imprisonment.
Meanwhile, two local employers were sentenced to three months and six weeks’ imprisonment after being charged with illegally employing people.
One employer was arrested for hiring two illegal Vietnamese workers at a restaurant in Tsuen Wan last November. The other hired one illegal Bangladeshi worker in a container terminal in Kwai Chung in February.