Police arrested three South Asian men for allegedly selling fake luxury products to foreign tourists in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Initial police investigation showed that the suspects have been living in Hong Kong for the past two to five years after seeking asylum by claiming they were torture victims in their countries of origin, news website hk01.com reports.
Those arrested include two Bangladeshis and one Indian national, aged between 27 and 38.
The operation was launched by the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau of the Customs and Excise Department following reports that some gang members of South Asian origin were harassing foreign tourists and coaxing them into flats in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion and Mirador Mansion to buy fake luxury products.
On Thursday afternoon, members of the crime unit of the Kowloon West Regional Police Headquarters raided two flats in Mirador Mansion, where luxury-brand knockoffs of low quality were found and impounded.
The items included more than 60 counterfeit handbags using the Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Celine brands with price tags between HK$3,000 and HK$7,000 as well as 40 imitation Rolex and Omega watches priced between HK$1,000 and HK$2,000, along with jewelry products.
The trio were charged with forging trademarks under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, police said.
While the raids were being conducted, dozens of men of South Asian ethnicity gathered outside the building and took pictures, but behaved properly.
In another case, police raided a suspected underground casino on Apliu Street in Sham Shui Po on Wednesday night, and arrested 42 people, mostly Vietnamese nationals.
Those arrested were also said to be torture claimants.
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