More than 27 million people are currently held in slavery all around the world. However, Google announced that they will donate millions of dollars to help battle modern day slavery.
There are currently 27 million children, women and men are held in slavery. On Wednesday, Google announced that they will donate $11.5 million to some of the top organizations that fight modern day slavery.
According to PC Magazine, the money that Google is donating will go towards creating a coalition between different advocacy groups. International Justice Mission (IJM) will lead the coalition. IJM works to save people from sexual exploitation and forced labor. In 2012, IJM will partner up with groups such as Slavery Footprint, Polaris Project and other groups. The coalition will work on a multi-year project.
The CEO of IJM, Gary A. Haugen, said that most people in American find it hard to believe that human trafficking is still a huge problem in the world, according to Forbes.
For examples, Indians who go to Saudi Arabia to take up jobs, Mexican immigrants who are in the United States, and girls from Africa who are kidnapped for the sex trade. All suffer at the employers’ and ringmasters’ hands, and Google wants to stop it.
$3.5 million will be used to fight force labor over in India. Another $4.5 million will be used to fund a campaign in India, which will be aimed to protect vulnerable people. $1.8 million will be used to support another campaign that will be aimed at mobilizing Americans to fight the injustice. The final $1.7 million will go to several smaller organizations that battle modern day slavery.
The founder of Slavery Footprint, Justin Dillon, said that there is a turning point for the anti-human trafficking movement, because Google recognizes the value of movements’ work. Dillon went onto say that they are proud that Google shares his company’s vision in creating a tipping point in the movement, according to CBS News.
Google has also branched out to other areas in the past, and other areas are going to receive help fron Google, such as math, technology, engineering and science education.