🌊Hong Kongers trafficked across SEA
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WARNING | Hong Kongers scammed into human trafficking
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Transport | Taxi call for full Uber ban
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Hong Kongers trafficked across SEA
There has been a recent rise of Hong Kongers (and Taiwanese) being tricked into traveling to South East Asian destinations for work and love, only to find that their goals never existed.
The immigration said they received 17 calls from family saying loved ones had gone off the radar around the region; 12 have since safely returned to Hong Kong but 5 are still missing.
Police have noted that many of the scams related to apparently high paying, low skilled jobs and asked the public to be more alert (Reports from Headline Daily specifically mentioned jobs with pay in excess of $30,000 a month in Thailand). They will be working together with local police, Chinese embassies abroad, as well as Interpol to stamp out the trafficking rings.
Traded for love
One trafficked case which police were only alerted to recently involved a 28 year old man surnamed ‘Tsang’ who traveled to Thailand to meet his online girlfriend, all expenses paid. When he arrived in Thailand, he had his phone and passport taken, then was forced onto a vehicle bound for Myanmar.
There Tsang was often physically abused and forced to carry out illegal labour. He was eventually released when his family paid an unspecified ransom.
DBS - Don’t believe Bull Shit
A recent article by The Standard highlighted a case where “a friend’s son” was going to leave for Cambodia to work at DBS. However, after multiple attempts to contact the bank, and after looking on the bank’s official website, it was found that DBS does not have a Cambodian branch.
Everyone stay safe, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
COVID in Hong Kong
COVID-19 in Hong Kong
New cases: 5757
Total cases: 1,432,837
New deaths: 4
Total deaths: 9,584
Compulsory Testing locations: 65
Fighting COVID while fighting the economy
At the annual Hong Kong Summit for the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, John Lee said that Hong Kong will continue to fight the virus while keeping the economy afloat.
Lee said that “The Hong Kong SAR Government will continue to accord top priority to fighting the pandemic” but that they will “balance the risks of the pandemic against the economic impetus, keeping our economy going.
Allaying fears that reducing quarantine in Hong Kong will make it difficult to line up with Mainland policies, John Lee also said:
“I must stress that, connecting with the world and connecting with the Mainland are, in no way, contradictory to each other […] My preliminary goal is to reduce the degree of inconvenience to travellers, without bringing about additional risks to the Mainland's epidemic situation”
Just say no to Ubers
The Hong Kong Taxi & PLB Association said yesterday that they want a full ban of Uber’s ride hailing services which have always existed within a grey legal area. The associations said that Uber has cost them “millions” a year and that 20% of expected income was taken by the ride sharing app.
Although boasting over 14,000 active drivers, ride hailing without a hire-car permit is illegal in Hong Kong - however, Hong Kong also doesn’t have ride-hailing app specific legislation. The High Court previously ruled clearly that all drivers must have a hire-car permit.
Truth be told, the taxi associations have this debate every year…the government is occasionally doing studies to try and figure out how the rest of the world deals with Uber.
Also, despite all the furor, Uber seems to be doing just fine. They even had this art competition recently which is clearly, uh, pandering(?) to the competition:
I personally take Uber taxi whenever possible - it’s cheaper than a ‘normal’ Uber, supports the existing taxi industry and has the benefit of not having to wait in line for a taxi driver that refuses to take me across the harbour.
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