What would you do if you see a pregnant woman kneeling on the sidewalk of a busy street in Mong Kok?
Take pity on her, most probably, especially if you read the message on a cardboard in front of her.
It says: “The helplessness of a pregnant woman”.
Read on and you will learn that the woman has been abandoned by her husband, and she has no money to buy food and a ticket to go back to her home in the mainland.
A Hong Kong woman surnamed Kwok was not easily convinced.
She took a picture of the woman and posted it on her Facebook page.
She said she had seen the same scene outside two shopping malls in Mong Kok, the MOKO and Pioneer Centre, with the women using almost identical messages, Headline Daily reported.
She suspects that these pregnant mainland women are fraudsters preying on the gullible.
Hong Kong lawyer Luk Wai-hung noted that under the Theft Ordinance, fraud is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment of up to 14 years.
If the offender is a mainlander on a two-way permit, she could be charged with “breach of condition of stay” under the Immigration Ordinance, an offense that carries a maximum jail term of two years.
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