Bosses, workers snared in Hong Kong illegal labor crackdown
Joint operation at 40 targets across the territory nets laborers from China and five Asian countries
Seven employers and 25 illegal workers were netted by police and immigration and labor authorities in multiple joint raids carried out across Hong Kong over a three-day period this week.
The joint operation targeted 40 sites, including restaurants, hotels and so-called food factories, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The illegal workers – 18 men and seven women aged between 24 and 66 – were from India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal and mainland China, Oriental Daily reported. They were paid about HK$200 to HK$400 (about US$25 to US$50) a day, it said.
The minimum wage in the city for an eight-hour day works out at HK$260, on top of which employers must pay a percentage of the salary into the mandatory pension fund and other levies.