The Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts. Photo: Google Maps

A Vietnamese asylum seeker has been jailed for 15 months for working illegally after she was caught by Immigration Department officers during a raid on a restaurant at Tai Wai in the New Territories. The woman who had employed her was also arrested.

Shatin Magistrates’ Court was told the 42-year-old was working as a waitress and had no valid employment visa. Inquiries are continuing into the restaurant, whose proprietor was arrested on suspicion of employing an illegal worker.

The Immigration Department reported that 23 suspected illegal workers were arrested in Operation Twilight, a series of raids conducted across the city between February 25 and 28. Seven people  were arrested on suspicion of employing illegals and two were detained for overstaying their visas.

Officers raided 36 target locations, including a bar, business premises, a construction site, an industrial building, learning centers, restaurants and a shop. Ten illegal workers, comprising four men and six women aged 36 to 62, as well as four employers were arrested.

In another operation code-named “Champion”, enforcement officers raided sevens target premises in North Point on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon’s Mong Kok including massage parlors and restaurants. Thirteen illegal workers and three employers were arrested.

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