A French visitor was among 109 people arrested for working illegally or hiring illegal workers, in a six-day Immigration Department operation that saw 205 workplaces raided after a government pledge to help locals secure jobs amid the recession. The arrests included 65 illegal workers, five illegal immigrants, nine overstayers and 30 employers, aged between 23 and 69. Department assistant director Chan Kwok-ki said the French woman had allegedly worked as a clerk in a trading firm without a work visa. He acknowledged it was rare to find westerners working illegally. In one raid at a North Point restaurant, about a third of 32 employees were found to be illegal. They were all mainlanders. Four fake Hong Kong identity cards were seized. Mr Chan said raids would continue as more employers might be tempted to hire illegal workers to cut costs during the recession.