Google to fund fight against human trafficking in India

Google employees have also contributed 40,000 paid-volunteer-hours, helping various organisations.

Updated: Dec 14, 2011, 19:39 PM IST

New York: Internet giant Google Wednesday said it will provide grants to various non-profit organisations fighting against slavery and human trafficking in India, and other countries.

The US-based company did not specify the exact amount for its India-specific contributions, but said that it has provided USD 115 million in grants and more than USD 1 billion of in-kind support to the non-profit and academic institutions across the world.

In addition, Google employees have also contributed 40,000 paid-volunteer-hours, helping various organisations.

Google is funding a number of groups such as International Justice Mission (IJM) in India, along with The BBC World Service Trust, Action Aid and Aide et Action that are working to tackle the slavery and human trafficking which are impacting 27 million people worldwide.

“These organisations will work on the ground with governments to stop slave labour by identifying the ring masters, documenting abuse, freeing individuals and providing them with therapy as well as job training," Google SVP (Senior Vice President) Shona Brown said on the company's official blog.

"Our support will also help expand the reach of tools like the powerful slavery footprint calculator and Polaris Project's National Trafficking Hotline," Brown added.

Apart from slavery, the internet firm would also grant aid to the organisations working in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The move would enhance education for more than 3 million students.

Google has decided to fund 16 great programs in this area. These include Boston-based Citizen Schools and Generating Genius in the UK, both of which work to help to expand the horizons of underprivileged youngsters.

Also, the company is focusing on girls' education in the developing world.

Brown further said," as 2011 draws to a close, I'm inspired by this year?s grantees and look forward to seeing their world-changing work in 2012."