Google gives $11.5m to anti-slavery initiatives
TECH giant Google yesterday announced it is donating $11.5m (€8.8m) to several coalitions fighting to end the modern-day slavery of some 27 million people around the world.
In what is believed to be the largest ever corporate grant devoted to the rescue of people being held or forced to work or provide sex against their will, Google said it chose organisations with proven records in combating slavery.
"Many people are surprised to learn there are more people in slavery today than any time in history," said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google.
The International Justice Mission, an organisation that works to rescue victims of slavery and sexual exploitation, was chosen by Google to lead the efforts of the coalition.