The immigration department arrested 22 people for working illegally in Hong Kong during two major operations last week. On Wednesday and Thursday, immigration officers launched 27 raids in the city, including fish markets, hair salons, restaurants, massage parlors and residential apartments.

Eight men and 14 women, aged between 18 and 65, were detained, the Oriental Daily newspaper reported.

Among those arrested was an Indonesian woman, whose identity card specified that she was not allowed to work in Hong Kong.

Two men and a woman were also arrested for possessing suspected forged Hong Kong ID cards.

Five local men, aged between 26 and 63, were later detained for hiring illegal workers, who face a maximum fine of HK$50,000 (US$6,400) and up to three years’ imprisonment.

Residents employing illegal workers face maximum fines of HK$350,000 and three years in prison