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3:58 PM 11th January 2016

Modern Slavery Is Closer Than You Think

Yvonne Hall (Managing Director), Greg Mulholland MP, Emma Stocks and Gerard Stocks
Yvonne Hall (Managing Director), Greg Mulholland MP, Emma Stocks and Gerard Stocks
Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland on Friday paid a visit to the Headingley-based Palm Cove Society to find out more about their work supporting trafficked and other vulnerable people in Leeds.

The Society is a social enterprise which provides housing for vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers, and those escaping domestic violence, forced marriage or honour-based violence.

They also seek to support asylum seeker children leaving care and also adults getting ready to resume independent living after suffering traumas. The organisation has offices in both Leeds and Bradford.

Since August 2007, the Society has provided accommodation to individuals from more than 60 countries worldwide. It's Managing Director, Yvonne Hall, was recently seconded to the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE.

Speaking after his visit, Greg Mulholland said:

"The Palm Cove Society are doing incredibly valuable work supporting trafficked and vulnerable people here in Leeds. I was pleased to be able to go along, view their facilities and find out more about what they do. I want to commend the staff at the Palm Cove Society for their dedication and commitment to supporting those in desperate need of help."

Yvonne Hall, Managing Director of the Palm Cove Society, added:

"We welcomed the visit by Leeds MP Greg Mulholland. After discussions particularly around our work with victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, it quickly became apparent that going forward Mr Mulholland and Palm Cove Society are well placed to work collaboratively on issues surrounding modern slavery and victim care.

"Thank you Mr Mulholland for taking the time to listen to the experiences of our staff and clients."