A total of 80 people were arrested in Kowloon’s Mong Kok district during an anti-vice operation on Thursday night.
Officers raided the King Hing Building on Fa Yuen Street, which is subdivided into 200 apartments used as brothels. The operation led to the arrests of 80 local, mainland and foreign women for allegedly soliciting for immoral purposes, Oriental Daily reported.
They were taken away for questioning.
A police source was quoted as saying that a large number of the arrested women are two-way permit holders from mainland China, who also allegedly breached their conditions of stay in Hong Kong, local broadcaster nowTV reported.
A netizen witness live-streamed the 2-hour police operation to a Facebook page called “MK People,” and at one point 8,000 viewers were tuned in at the same time, Apple Daily reported.
As of 3pm on Friday, the video had generated 271,000 views.
Police raided the same building in January this year in an operation that led to 101 arrests.
Nearly half of the arrested women were from mainland China, and the rest were from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Seven of those arrested were transgender men from Thailand.