HK Police Issues Warning Vs Street Gambling Among Domestic Helpers

Police authorities in Hong Kong have issued a warning to Filipino domestic workers against gambling in public places, particularly in Central where many of such workers spend their days off, Hong Kong News reported.

The Hong Kong Police reportedly received complaints that domestic workers were engaged in gambling at Chater Garden, Lambeth walk Garden linking Central and Admiralty, Murray Road Multi-Storey Carpark Building, and under the footbridge connecting Murray Road and Chater Road.

“The Police have received a number of complaints against Filipino domestic helpers suspected of participating in unlawful gambling activities (at these) locations in Central District,” said a police official in a letter to the Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union.

The officer clarified that regardless of amount involved, placing bets in a place not designated as a gambling establishment in Hong Kong is a violation of the city’s Gambling Ordinance. Under such ordinance, it is unlawful to gamble in the streets and gambling establishments should be licensed before gaining permission to operate.

“Any person who contravenes the aforementioned commits an offense and is liable to prosecution and a maximum penalty of $5,000,000 and up to 7 years imprisonment,” the officer said.

Card games, chess, or other games could be played but there should be no money or other bets involved.