Residence permit for victim of forced labour
‘I just wanna say thanks to the Law Centre for helping me with my case. They are very kind. Because of the Law Centre I got my residence permit to work.’
We represented a man who was recruited via an agency in the Philippines, thinking he was going to England to work for a short while to earn money for his family. On arrival, he realised he was in Northern Ireland and was put to work on fishing boats, working long hours without breaks. Migrant Help referred him to us as a potential victim of trafficking.
We made representations to the Home Office on his behalf on grounds of deception and forced labour and the Home Office agreed that he was a victim of human trafficking. A residence permit valid for one year has been granted as he is required to help with the PSNI investigation into his employment conditions and circumstances. He has a right to work during this period.