ILLEGAL CHINESE IMMIGRANTS GET PRISON IN PNG

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By Elizabeth Vuvu

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Feb. 21) - The Kavieng District Court on Monday sentenced seven Chinese nationals to six months imprisonment with hard labor for living and working in Papua New Guinea’s Kavieng, New Ireland Province without proper work permit.

The first three were hauled in by Kavieng police last Monday after a spot check was carried out by Immigration officers from Port Moresby.

Police and Immigration officers followed up more on the issue and arrested the other four last Sunday as they were not in Kavieng at the time the first three were taken in by police.

The seven have been identified as Wue Xue Wen, Zhou Chong Gi, Yiang Chang Min, Zhou Jia Fu, Li Jian Qiang, Chung Minfai Eric all from Hu Bei, Jin Chou City in China and Tran Huy Ouc from Vancouver in Canada. The seven breached Immigration and Labour laws for entering into businesses without work permits.

The court heard the first three initially had contracts to buy rubber and do timber processing but went ahead into fisheries by buying bech-de-mer, seahorses and seagulls. Four others came to PNG under permits to work for a logging company in Lae.

But instead, were found carrying out other business activities such as buying vanilla beans for as low as 20 toea per kilo [US 7 cents], killing and freezing seagulls and seahorses and catching and drying bech-de-mer. They were carrying out illegal businesses in Mansava and Mussau Island.

Yiang Chang Min has also been charged for being in the possession of an offensive weapon and Chung Eric was charged for illegally smuggling goods into the country.

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