Prosecutors in Shanghai’s Fengxian district are seeking for courts to dole out more severe punishments to curb the influx of illegal foreign workers into the country.
In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of aliens arriving from Vietnam, many of whom accessed China via the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which shares a land border with the Southeast Asian nation, prosecutors said.
In Guangxi, people in search of work can often find all the help —and fake documentation —they need to land a job at a factory in the Yangtze or Pearl River Delta regions, they said.
In April, a 23-year-old Vietnamese man known as A Zhong was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,800) for helping 53 of his countrymen to enter Shanghai via Nanning City in Guangxi between April 2012 and May 2013. […]
A Zhong, who was assisted by a Chinese man called Li Yong, charged the immigrants almost 2,000 yuan apiece to enter China, prosecutors said.
He also helped 24 of them to find jobs in factories in suburban areas of Shanghai, for which he charged an additional 200 yuan per person.
Prosecutors said that, despite the benefits to the illegal workers, their agents and their employers, penalties for breaking the law aren’t nearly severe enough. Currently, illegal immigrants face expulsion from the country and employers can face up to 50,000 yuan in fines.
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