Traffickers nabbed with migrants

Local | Cissy So 24 May 2018

Hong Kong and mainland police have nabbed 14 people, including six illegal Vietnamese immigrants, after smashing a human-trafficking syndicate plying its trade via Shenzhen over the past six months.

The illegal immigrants, five men and a woman, were detained after arriving at Long Ke Wan in Sai Kung Country Park in a speedboat.

A total of 12 people, aged between 20 and 60, were apprehended in Hong Kong, while two were arrested in Guangdong. The syndicate is understood to have smuggled Vietnamese immigrants into Hong Kong through Shenzhen.

The superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, Simon Kwan King-pan, said officers sprang into action after receiving intelligence that a syndicate would smuggle people across the border.

The operation involved 50 to 60 police officers, with some of them lying in wait in the country park from 9pm.

Along with the people arrested in the speedboat, police also detained a taxi driver and five more illegal immigrants at Tso Wo Hang in Sai Kung at daybreak.

Another New Territories taxi was intercepted on High Island Reservoir Road, where two mainlanders, who were two-way permit holders, were arrested.

It is believed that they are core members of the syndicate.

Another two syndicate members, also believed to be high-ranking, and one Vietnamese illegal immigrant were arrested at the East Dam of High Island Reservoir.

The Guangdong Provincial Border Defense Bureau arrested two more syndicate members.

The police also suspect that the six illegal immigrants came to Hong Kong via Guangdong on Tuesday night after they paid HK$8,000 to HK$10,000.

Police said that the immigrants went to Guangxi province, which borders Vietnam, and were then taken to Guangdong before the syndicate arranged for a speedboat to smuggle them from Shenzhen.

It is estimated that the human smuggling syndicate had been operating for more than six months.

The operation is continuing.

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