Google jump started a new project called Google Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network in an event in Washington D.C. The goal of the plan is to amass numerous human trafficking hotlines to fuse a database, which will identify the various human trafficking hot spots all over the globe.
Moreover, in an effort to end human trafficking, Google donated $3 million to three firms who utilize huge data. These firms are namely: La Strada International, Liberty Asia and The Polaris Project. In turn, these three firms will work together through sharing their own data gained from the human trafficking hotlines that they have set up. Aside from this, their other objective is to share data in order to create more powerful prevention approaches. These three firms will also identify the countries with the largest abduction cases.
Through the Google Official Blog, Jared Cohen the director of Google Ideas and Jacquelline Fuller, the director of Google Giving provided a statement: “At last summer’s Google Ideas summit on mapping, disrupting and exposing illicit networks, it became clear that connecting anti-trafficking helplines in a global data sharing collaboration could help identify illicit patterns and provide victims anywhere in the world with more effective support. Today, Polaris Project, Liberty Asia, and La Strada International are receiving a $3 million Global Impact Award from Google to do just that. Building on our 2011 grants, this brings our total commitment to anti-trafficking efforts to $14.5 million.”
Consequently, human trafficking does not only involve sexual slavery and forced labor. Through the years, it has evolved into more gruesome acts such as forced extraction of human organs or tissues. This includes surrogacy and the removal of the body organs. Trafficking is one of the highest earning industry at the cost of the lives of other people; it is actually second to drug trafficking. Although there are actions to end it worldwide, human trafficking is yet to be totally stopped. Human trafficking does not only target females, it actually afflicts all social classes and both genders. According to the United States Department of State, the global commercial sex trade alone exploits two million children.
To provide an example of the devastating and wide spread cases of human trafficking, The Polaris Project alone had garnered more than 72,000 hotline calls solely in the United States. Authorities who combat human trafficking in the United States and those across the world were all helped by the data given by Polaris.
Recent news reports have also confirmed that the Polaris already started their collaboration with some tech firms namely Salesforce to expand their facilities. Their team-up will aid Polaris in setting up their global hotline operations.
Based on the data from Google, human trafficking had enslaved 21 million people yearly. The traffickers on the other hand earn about $32 billion yearly through these illegal and inhumane acts.
Google in 2012 came under public scrutiny for having human trafficking like advertisements. Ironically, this company was also engaged in fighting human trafficking for the last three years. Aside from donating the $3 million to the hotline firms, Google also invested another $14 million to stop human trafficking.
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