Three employment agencies were investigated on Friday about suspected fraud – scamming domestic workers who sought work abroad.

Labor officials joined with police and immigration officers to search the employment agencies in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Kennedy Town on Hong Kong Island respectively for the suspected recruitment fraud, Oriental Daily reported.

Cases of suspected fraud were understood to have been referred by the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong.

A government spokesperson stressed that they put significant value on protecting the rights of domestic workers in the city and would allow no abuse to occur here. They would take action against any local agencies that illegally arranged overseas work for domestic workers.

Police received information about 42 cases of domestic workers being referred from Hong Kong since the beginning of this year. Four of these were criminal acts, while there were inadequate details in regard to criminal acts in a further 13 cases. The other 25 cases were still being investigated, Ta Kung Pao reported.

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