Macau where the raids took place and the 16 were arrested. Photo: iStock
Macau where the raids took place and the 16 were arrested. Photo: iStock

Police in Macau police say they uncovered a fake employment racket after arresting a Vietnamese woman for prostitution.

At 3pm last Friday, the judiciary police intercepted a 40-year-old Vietnamese woman surnamed Nguyen on the street for alleged prostitution. She was arrested for illegal work and detained for further investigation, Hou Kong Daily reported.

During the investigation, the Vietnamese woman claimed that she was a domestic worker for a family in Areia Preta and worked as a prostitute part-time.

However, the woman took 10 minutes to find her employer’s home, which caused the police to be suspicious about her permit to do domestic work was genuine.

Officers later found the employer, a 70-year old local man surnamed Lau, and his 40-year-old daughter in an apartment on Pátio dos Cavaleiros.

Lau told the police that in 2015 he learnt that the Vietnamese woman wanted to stay in Macau after being fired. He helped her to apply for a work permit as a domestic worker and claimed he did not get any reward from the woman.

Later, three more Vietnamese women also wanted to stay in Macau, so Lau used his family members’ names so they could apply to be domestic workers. But, as the family members all lived in the same apartment, Lau revealed that he picked up water and electricity bills on the street and made up addresses for his family members for the application.

Meanwhile, Lau’s daughter told the police that she had signed some employment documents for domestic workers at the request of her father.

The Vietnamese woman admitted that she worked for a massage parlor in Macau from 2013 to 2015 but was fired. Her friend introduced her to Lau and she paid HK$20,000 (US$2,553) to Lau as a reward for “fake employment” over the past three years.

Judiciary police arrested the Vietnamese woman for working illegally, while the father, Lau, and his daughter have been charged with forgery.

Meanwhile, officers are hunting the three Vietnamese women also allegedly to be working illegally, plus Lau’s wife and son for alleged forgery and illegal employment.