Human Traffic Watch

Google weaves a web between human trafficking hotlines

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on April 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Sex workers are more likely to call in to a hotline for victims of human trafficking on a Wednesday, and a Google Inc.-backed initiative announced Tuesday could help to explain why.

The Internet search giant is giving a total of $3 million to three groups in Europe, Asia and the United States combating modern-day slavery to help them share and analyze the mountains of data that grows out of their frontline work.
“There are a lot of different hotlines that exist around the world, but they’re completely disconnected,” Jared Cohen, the head of Google’s in-house think tank Google Ideas, told AFP.
“The data is not integrated across all of them,” he said. “If you call one hotline, it doesn’t necessarily feed into an integrated system that meshes with all the others.”
Sharing the Google funding will be La Strada International, based in Amsterdam but focused on central and eastern Europe; Hong Kong-based Liberty Asia; and the Polaris Project that covers the United States.
The initiative was unveiled at Google’s offices in Washington, where a few hours earlier the White House published what it called a Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking.
Source: Live Mint
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