A Vietnamese man was sentenced in a Sha Tin magistrate’s court Monday to 15 months in prison.
In a joint operation codenamed “Champion” with Hong Kong police April 13, immigration officers carried out a raid at the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals.
The 35-year-old Vietnamese was found working in a warehouse.
When asked for his identity document, he produced a recognizance form, which is issued by the Immigration Department to overstayers seeking asylum and which prohibits them from working.
The man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of taking up employment in Hong Kong without the authority of the director of immigration and while being a person in respect of whom a removal order is in force.
He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, the sentence recommended under court guidelines.
A spokesman for the department warned the public that it is an offence for illegal immigrants or people who are the subject of a removal order or a deportation order to take up any employment or to establish or join in any business.
Offenders face a maximum fine of US$50,000 and up to three years’ imprisonment.
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