$3 million awarded to put an end to human trafficking
April 11, 2013
Human trafficking is not just a problem in third world nations - it is a situation that affects a large number of countries, including our own. As such, Google recently awarded $3 million to the Polaris Project, Liberty Asia and La Strada International in an effort to put a stop to the illegal practice.
The official Google blog noted that the computing company has been working with the three entities since summer 2012 to eliminate trafficking by using data and new technologies. At this time, the blog reported, Palantir Technologies is also donating a data integration and analytics platform to the Polaris Project, and Salesforce.com is helping the project's hotline center.
Google reported that the funds are part of the Global Impact Award initiative which began in 2011, and brings the grand total of awards to groups fighting trafficking to $14.5 million.
"Google's Global Impact Award is making it possible for us to connect with diverse anti-trafficking organizations around the world so that the fight against human trafficking is a more collective and data-driven effort," explained Project Polaris CEO Bradley Myles, adding that the Google Ideas summit originally set the project in motion.
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