In Hong Kong, employing an overstaying foreigner is illegal. Doing so will result in fine or imprisonment. That appears to be the case of a Chinese business owner, who was fined $10,000 upon employing an overstaying OFW in Sheung Wan.
Shatin Judge Don SO Man-lung has implemented a fine to the Chinese woman last February 23. She pleaded guilty in front of the high for being an employer of a Filipino who was not supposed to be employed.
“I will deal with this with a fine. You are fined $10,000,” says the judge.
The defendant, who is a dim sum restaurant owner, was inspected by local authorities last October.
During the inspection which was done at the restaurant, they found the Filipina who was identified as J. Abaya. She previously worked as a domestic helper.
“She caught when she still had her apron on,” says the prosecutor.
In a background check performed at Abaya, it was found out that she is overstaying in Hong Kong since 2013.
According to the lawyer of the defendant, her restaurant is losing money for the past two years but still, she agreed to pay the fine.
There is no further news as to the side of the domestic helper.