‘Bogus marriage rings woo HK youth with huge sums’

Elizabeth Quat says some girls are being offeerd over HK$300,000 to enter into a bogus marriage. Photo: RTHK

Elizabeth Quat says some girls are being offeerd over HK$300,000 to enter into a bogus marriage. Photo: RTHK

Elizabeth Quat talks to RTHK’s Candice Wong

DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat has warned youngsters are being lured into bogus marriages across the border with offers of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

She said young people are being offered more than HK$300,000 to sign marriage certificates with strangers in Guangdong, who then use the document to claim residency status in the SAR.

Quat said she’s heard of syndicates getting in touch with local girls in their twenties through social media. She said the amount of money being offered to commit to these bogus marriages is getting “bigger and bigger every year”.

She said youngsters are being lured with HK$50,000 for just signing a legal form with some firm here declaring that they are single. Later they are taken across the border for an one-day trip to sign the marriage certificate with a stranger and paid up to HK$300,000.

Quat told RTHK’s Candice Wong that she had also come across a drug addict who had made such trips more than once to feed her habit.

It’s against the law to use a bogus marriage or help another person through a bogus marriage to enter Hong Kong. Nearly 100 people were prosecuted and convicted for committing bogus marriage-related crimes in 2016.

The Under Secretary for Security John Lee told Legco on Wednesday that the Immigration Department has stepped up its checks on suspicious marriages to combat the problem.

http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1335089-20170609.htm

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