Domestic workers arrested over running dental clinic out of Mong Kok guesthouse 

The Indonesian domestic workers learnt how to perform the dental treatments via learning online. Photo: Pexels/Cedric Fauntleroy
The Indonesian domestic workers learnt how to perform the dental treatments via learning online. Photo: Pexels/Cedric Fauntleroy

Police have arrested four domestic workers who were running a dental practice out of a rented room in a Mong Kok guesthouse.

The Indonesian workers were offering a range of treatments including fillings and braces, according to the Immigration Department. They were arrested for breaching their conditions of stay at their employers’ homes last week.

Within the team of four, one of them was in charge of operating the dental services, two were trainees, and one performed receptionist duties, RTHK reported.

None had undergone any formal training, and had self-learnt online and purchased dental equipment from the internet.

“The arrested helpers have breached their conditions of stay,” an Immigration Department spokesperson said, adding that practicing dentistry without registration could threaten the health of those receiving the services.

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The workers, aged 31 to 35, used their weekly rest days and holidays to rent a guesthouse room and offer dental treatment.

They promoted their services through social media and word of mouth from friends, according to the South China Morning Post.

Under Hong Kong law, domestic workers are only to perform duties for their employers and cannot take up other employment.

Investigation is still ongoing and the possibility of more arrests is not ruled out, authorities said.

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