Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps
Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

Four South Asian men were arrested for selling counterfeit luxury products to tourists in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, 20 officers from police and the customs department raided three warehouses at 83 Nathan Road and 43 Hankow Road in Tsim Sha Tsui at 1 pm, the Tao Daily reported.

A total of 455 products, including handbags, wallets, belts, scarfs and watches with an estimated value of HK$660,000 (US$84,292), were confiscated in the warehouses.

Four South Asian men aged between 31 and 54 were arrested. After checking their identities, they were said to be asylum seekers who had been in Hong Kong for years.

Police said the men were employed by a counterfeiting syndicate. The men had been seen holding photos of luxury handbags and watches on the streets in Tsim Sha Tsui and approaching tourists. If the tourists showed an interest in buying the goods, the men would take them to the warehouses. The price of the fake products was only 10% to 30% of the market price of the real products.

Customs officers believe the fake goods ring had been operating for one month. Investigations are ongoing and more arrests are expected.