google antitrafficking Google joins fight against human trafficking

Google is enhancing the fight against human trafficking with the establishment of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network and $3 million of new funding for Polaris Project, Liberty Asia, and La Strada International, bringing Google's total contribution to anti-trafficking to $14.5 million.

Google is enhancing the fight against human trafficking with the establishment of the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network and $3 million of new funding for Polaris Project, Liberty Asia, and La Strada International, bringing Google's total contribution to anti-trafficking to $14.5 million.

 
A staggering 21 million people are trafficked and enslaved around the world, earning criminals $32 billion of illicit profit every year. Many traffickers are using technology to facilitate the crime, but technology can also be employed to combat them.
 
Google has involved itself in numerous projects to stop criminal enterprise and better the lives of people. In 2012 it held a Google Ideas summit, where the idea for the Global Human Trafficking Hotline Network came about.
 
 
The Network allows victims of trafficking, who might be subjected to physical or sexual abuse, or forced labour, to seek help. The various hotlines that make up the network can offer support, advice, and resources, and can also be used to pinpoint a victim's location and help get police involved to free the individual from what amounts to modern slavery.
 
While hotlines have existed for some time now, they were never coordinated, and so when traffickers move people around, from country to country, it can be difficult to organise an appropriate response. Now data collected in one location can be shared with other anti-trafficking groups to ensure as many victims are freed as possible.