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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

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Victims of trafficking in human beings

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32(1)Civil legal services provided to an individual in relation to an application by the individual for leave to enter, or to remain in, the United Kingdom where—

(a)there has been a conclusive determination that the individual is a victim of trafficking in human beings, or

(b)there are reasonable grounds to believe that the individual is such a victim and there has not been a conclusive determination that the individual is not such a victim.

(2)Civil legal services provided in relation to a claim under employment law arising in connection with the exploitation of an individual who is a victim of trafficking in human beings, but only where—

(a)the services are provided to the individual, or

(b)the individual has died and the services are provided to the individual’s personal representative.

(3)Civil legal services provided in relation to a claim for damages arising in connection with the trafficking or exploitation of an individual who is a victim of trafficking in human beings, but only where—

(a)the services are provided to the individual, or

(b)the individual has died and the services are provided to the individual’s personal representative.

Exclusions

(4)Sub-paragraph (1) is subject to the exclusions in Parts 2 and 3 of this Schedule.

(5)Sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) are subject to—

(a)the exclusions in Part 2 of this Schedule, with the exception of paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 of that Part, and

(b)the exclusion in Part 3 of this Schedule.

Definitions

(6)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1)(b) there are reasonable grounds to believe that an individual is a victim of trafficking in human beings if a competent authority has determined for the purposes of Article 10 of the Trafficking Convention (identification of victims) that there are such grounds.

(7)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) there is a conclusive determination that an individual is or is not a victim of trafficking in human beings when, on completion of the identification process required by Article 10 of the Trafficking Convention, a competent authority concludes that the individual is or is not such a victim.

(8)In this paragraph—

  • “competent authority” means a person who is a competent authority of the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Trafficking Convention;

  • “employment” means employment under a contract of employment or a contract personally to do work and references to “employers” and “employees” are to be interpreted accordingly;

  • “employment law” means an enactment or rule of law relating to employment, including in particular an enactment or rule of law conferring powers or imposing duties on employers, conferring rights on employees or otherwise regulating the relations between employers and employees;

  • “exploitation” means a form of exploitation described in section 4(4) of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (trafficking people for exploitation);

  • “personal representative”, in relation to an individual who has died, means—

    (a)

    a person responsible for administering the individual’s estate under the law of England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, or

    (b)

    a person who, under the law of another country or territory, has functions equivalent to those of administering the individual’s estate;

  • “the Trafficking Convention” means the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (done at Warsaw on 16 May 2005);

  • “trafficking in human beings” has the same meaning as in the Trafficking Convention.

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