20 residents allege fraud by Kowloon employment agency
Hong Kong's Labour Department has confirmed the employment agency has been operating without a license
Residents have filed complaints in relation to suspected fraud by a domestic worker employment agency in Kowloon.
Some 20 residents at Richland Garden, in Kowloon Bay, have filed complaints to Kwun Tong District Councillor Anthony Bux, according to a post on his Facebook page. They claim they are victims of fraud as they were not sent any domestic worker after paying fees to an agency in Richland Garden Shopping Center.
Among the 20 victims, most are couples, both in employment, who urgently need a domestic worker to take care of their children. Bux said some had filed police reports on the matter but he did not disclose the number.
The victims paid a total around HK$200,000 (US$25,492), or between HK$7,000 and HK$13,000 each, to the agency, Oriental Daily reports.
One of the victims, surnamed Wong, said she paid HK$9,000 to the agency to hire a Filipina domestic worker in September last year. The agency promised Wong that the new worker would arrive in Hong Kong within three months. The worker has yet to arrive.
Wong said staff had given her various reasons, including family issues and discrepancies in documentation, for the domestic worker’s non-appearance. Other victims reported similar stories.
The Labour Department confirmed that the employment agency has been operating without a license. Over the past five years, the department has received 115 complaints about unlicensed agencies, although only 11 have been prosecuted.