Hong Kong authorities have completed a crackdown on 252 illegal establishments and entertainment venues citywide over three days, resulting in a total of 347 arrests connected to triad-controlled sex, drug, and gambling businesses.
The operation, which took place from Friday through Sunday, involved a collaboration between the police, fire, and immigration services in order to uncover and shut down illegal businesses operating without licenses. The targeted venues included drug dens, gambling establishments, game centers, mahjong parlors, pubs, nightclubs, and saunas that were found to be in violation of the law.
In addition to the 252 locals who were arrested, 13 mainlanders and three individuals who were illegally staying in the city were also detained. The arrests were made on suspicion of various offenses including trafficking in dangerous drugs, being members of a triad society, managing gambling establishments, criminal damage, managing drug dens, wounding, and accusations related to money laundering.
The police emphasized that combating triad activities is a top priority for law enforcement in Hong Kong, with a focus on enhancing intelligence gathering and taking timely and targeted law enforcement actions against violent crimes and organized crime activities.
This crackdown follows similar efforts in February 2023, when the Hong Kong Police Force arrested 234 individuals, including suspected triad members, during an operation called Levington. The authorities have also conducted multiple anti-triad operations in response to high-profile incidents related to gangsters in the New Territories.
In the first 10 months of 2023, police authorities in Hong Kong tackled at least 1,620 different reports of crimes tied to triads, marking a 2.2% rise from the 1,585 cases recorded in the same period in 2022.
These efforts reflect the ongoing commitment of Hong Kong authorities to combat triad-controlled illegal businesses and activities in the city.