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

Three people were sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Sha Tin Magistrates Court on Wednesday for working illegally in Hong Kong.

On Monday, officers from the Immigration Department raided a restaurant in Kowloon’s San Po Kong district when they found a Vietnamese man and a Vietnamese woman aged 35 and 50 working in the kitchen, according to a government release.

After a check, the woman was found to be an illegal immigrant, while the man was found to be an asylum seeker. On the same day, officers raided a restaurant in Central on Hong Kong Island and arrested a 35-year-old Indian asylum seeker who was working there.

The two Vietnamese and the Indian pleaded guilty to charges of working illegally when they appeared in the Shat Tin Magistrates’ court. Each received a 15-month prison sentence.

Two employers were arrested during the raids on suspicion of employing the illegal workers. Officers are investigating their cases.

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