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5 illegal job agencies shut down

FIVE unlicensed employment agencies that cheated migrant workers were shut down yesterday amid a joint crackdown carried out by the Minhang District Human Resources and Social Security Bureau and police department.

The agencies targeted migrant workers, who are asked to pay a commission of 200 yuan (US$32) to 500 yuan in advance, according to an investigation by Minhang District's labor supervision department.

The unlicensed agencies sprang up Zhuanjian Road after Chinese New Year to make a quick buck from migrant workers who were returning from the festival to look for new jobs - usually frontline positions in factories that require less skill and experience.

Yang Qi, leader of a law enforcement team under the district's labor supervision department, said unlicensed agents attract migrant workers by offering a higher salary than legitimate agencies for the same job and cheated them by taking commissions even though they never got work.

The team will carry out crackdowns from time to time to protect migrant workers from being cheated, Yang told Shanghai Daily.


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