Human Traffic Watch

Uncool! — Google and Facebook’s Human Trafficking Complicity

In Awareness, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

I was speaking at a conference on how to end human trafficking. Every single speaker there — from FBI agents, to Pentagon military people, to professors studying the issue and survivors running shelters for former slaves — pointed out that until Facebook and Google are willing to do far more to stop the slave traders nothing can be done on a big scale to end the traffic in human beings.

The fight to end human trafficking should unite all sides in our culture wars. Why hasn’t it? Sure, Google says it is now belatedly on board. The search giant announced on April 9 that it will award a $3 million grant, part of its Global Impact Award program run through its Google Giving philanthropic arm, to a trio of anti-trafficking organizations. But Google hasn’t actually done anything to change the fact that using their search machine can — with a click or two — get you to the child porn sites traffickers use to make a billion bucks.

“Nine months ago, starting with the Google Ideas Summit, we set out to map, expose, and disrupt the workings of illicit networks,” says Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas. “This includes organized crime, narco-trafficking, organ harvesting. Every single one of these networks involved human trafficking.”

Wonderful, but not nearly enough. Why have we bought into Google, Facebook and other internet giants’ PR and lobbying efforts to convince us that they’ll save our world — as long as we treat them like rock stars and don’t restrict anything they want to do, including their foot dragging on rooting out human traffickers? You see giving to anti-trafficking groups is meaningless, unless Google actually censors users of their system.

Source: Huffington Post


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