Hong Kong Slow to Act on Suspected Money-Laundering Scheme that Duped Filipino Maids, Legal Experts Say

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Hundreds of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong duped into paying for bogus jobs in Canada and Britain may have been fraud victims as well as unwitting contributors to a money-laundering scheme that authorities have ignored, legal experts claim.

They also warned the city was fast becoming a “hotbed” for scams preying on migrant workers.

According to documents seen by the Post, people linked to a maid agency under scrutiny used international banks locally to repeatedly transfer millions of Hong Kong dollars in small sums to Burkina Faso, Malaysia, Nigeria and Turkey.

The issue surfaced in 2016 when about 200 domestic workers complained to the Philippine consulate that long-established Emry’s Employment Agency and its sister company were allegedly charging between HK$10,000 and HK$15,000 each to apply for jobs in Britain and Canada that never existed.

That year, the agency – a top recruiter in the city of Filipino domestic workers – had its licence suspended and local authorities started investigating the case.

Read the original article here: scmp.com

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