The father of eight-year-old Chung Yeuk-lam, deported with her mother on Tuesday, yesterday appealed to Chief Executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa for help. At his father-in-law's home in Haifeng, Guangdong, Chung Man-kwan said he would not consider smuggling Yeuk-lam and her mother, Chung Chau Chuk-ngan, 35, into Hong Kong again. He called on Mr Tung to ask Guangdong authorities to allow his family to be reunited in the territory. Mrs Chung, who appeared exhausted after the scuffle with immigration officials, said she was told the Public Security Bureau would process her application for a one-way permit, filed more than 10 years ago, according to the rules. Smuggling people into Hong Kong has become a way of life in Haifeng. Residents said that they had either risked their lives or had a neighbour who had entered the territory illegally at least once. Most of those attempting to reunite with their families in Hong Kong were children, while adults aimed to find a well-paid job. A seafood merchant at Magong offered to arrange a meeting with an illegal immigrant smuggler. The merchant said he had entered Hong Kong illegally three times in the 1980s to get casual work in supermarkets. He withdrew the invitation after he discovered the reporters were from Hong Kong. The mother of two-year-old Chow Shu-ting said she had been smuggled into Hong Kong to give birth to the girl and an eight-month-old boy. 'I've been to Hong Kong illegally many times. I come and go,' Mrs Chow said. 'The worst is being fined if I am caught.' She said she had recently been granted a mainland passport, which allowed her a visa-free stay in the territory for a maximum seven days. One Hong Kong resident spent 4,500 yuan (HK$4,200) smuggling three children from Lufeng, near Haifeng, when his wife and eldest son, 14, received a one-way permit. 'How can the three aged between seven and 12 survive on their own in the home town?' the father said while collecting his repatriated children at the Shenzhen Detention Centre.