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

A Vietnamese woman and two Indian men were jailed at the Shatin Magistrates’ Court on November 9 for working illegally in Hong Kong.

The 47-year-old Vietnamese woman was arrested during a raid by the Immigration Department when she was found washing dishes in a restaurant in Mid-Levels on Hong Kong Island on November 7, according to a government release.

After checking her identification documents, she was found to be an asylum seeker who is prohibited from working during her stay in Hong Kong. Officers also found that she possessed and had used a forged ID card.

The magistrate sentenced her to 18 months in jail.

The restaurant owner who is suspected of employing her was arrested, and investigations are ongoing.

Meanwhile, two Indian males, aged 27 and 28, were arrested in Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories in September when they were found to be doing delivery work.

The two men, also asylum seekers, pleaded guilty to working illegally and were sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment.

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