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Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery 302

walterbyrd writes "Google announced today that it will donate $11.5M to groups dedicated to ending modern day slavery. 'In what is believed to be the largest-ever corporate grant devoted to the advocacy, intervention and rescue of people being held, forced to work or provide sex against their will, Google said it chose organizations with proven records in combating slavery.'"
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Google Donating $11.5M To Fight Modern Slavery

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  • Easy to do (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gmai l . c om> on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @02:53PM (#38373388) Journal

    Delist every high-fashion apparel producer from Google Search, that will put a big dent in it.

  • by djl4570 ( 801529 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:00PM (#38373520) Journal
    Will this include Chinese political prisoners who are forced to work as defacto slaves?
  • Legalize it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:05PM (#38373608) Journal

    Make prostitution legal and well regulated. You'll decrease the demand for sex slaves. Anyone who claims to care about sex slavery and doesn't advocate the legalization of prostitution is simply not serious.

  • Re:Hum. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:08PM (#38373666)

    Sure it's nothing compared to what's needed, but if others company would follow Google's lead it wouldn't be just 11 million in the anti-slavery pot. In South-America the so called modern day slavery is so prevalent in rural areas specially in sugar cane farms and the governments of those countries are pretty much looking the other way. In Brazil it isn't rare to see politicians running private farms in which the workhorse is basically slavery powered.

    I don't really understand this kind of behaviour you seem to so proudly practice. Every single time a company donates X to help cause Y some imbecile has to say "big deal, X isn't nothing compared to what Y needs". Breaking news to you, Sherlock, no single person or company will ever solve such complicated problems by themselves.

  • Re:Hum. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ByOhTek ( 1181381 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:10PM (#38373692) Journal

    I don't think Google intends to fight it all on their own, their entire revenue stream would probably have trouble coping with that.

    I think it is more a matter of 'their fair share'.

  • by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gmai l . c om> on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:11PM (#38373712) Journal

    Also, what about US prisoners working call centers in private prisons for being caught with weed under tighter anti-drug laws put in place by a prison shareholder?

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rainmouse ( 1784278 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:16PM (#38373780)

    Delist every high-fashion apparel producer from Google Search, that will put a big dent in it.

    I used to live in an extremely bad area in Glasgow / Scotland where drugs and prostitution were everywhere. Over the road from me was a homeless hostel and round the back of my apartment block was a methadone clinic and prostitutes stood on street corners for blocks in every direction. I've seen dealers injecting heroin into girls who looked around 12 years old before sending these kids out into the streets to pay for it while the police turned a blind eye (they had some kind of experimental tolerance policy in place between 9 pm till 3 am). Trust me, there are many worse things these children can be forced to do rather than making trainers or iPads for a living. Apparently human trafficking can be just as horrific as drug addict child prostitution and if Google pledges to charities that can actually help prevent some of this stuff then I say good for them.

  • by decora ( 1710862 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:23PM (#38373862) Journal

    a lot of criminal gangs infiltrated the 'well regulated' prostitution industry in holland.
    when an illiegal immigrant is brought to holland illegally by gangsters and forced to work in a brothel, the 'regulators' are not going to accomplish much to save her.

    as we see in the US financial system, 'regulated industries' are not always well regulated. regulators are frequently corrupt and/or incompetent. and they have conflicts of interest.

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius ( 137 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:26PM (#38373928) Homepage Journal

    Google isn't powerful enough to end US state and Federal prison systems.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=us+prison+slave+labor [google.com]

  • Re:So.. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Atzanteol ( 99067 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:31PM (#38374036) Homepage

    Due to f'd up US laws Google *is* a person...

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:2, Insightful)

    by WillAdams ( 45638 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:40PM (#38374144) Homepage

    That's why I prefer to live in a community where the Sheriff is a locally-elected official.

  • Niger (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Das Auge ( 597142 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @03:51PM (#38374356)
    Right now in Niger, 8% of the population are slaves. That's 1.8 million people.

    Let me reiterate, that's happening right now. Sub-Saharan Africa has the majority of the worlds slaves; and I'm not talking about indentured servants.
  • Re:Legalize it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @04:04PM (#38374552)

    Do you want to legalize child prostitution and child porn, too?

    No. I want enforcement to concentrate on these areas.

    Leave the over 18 y.o. strippers alone when they give customers hand jobs in the private booths. The Seattle vice cops are standing in line to sign up for undercover duty. Which entails taking a couple of grand of petty cash (taxpayers money) and buy lap dances until someone fondles their junk. Tough work, but somebody has to do it.

    If adult prostitution was legal, every hooker (of age) would gladly turn in the names of the pimps running kids. After all, they are the competition.

  • Re:Legalize it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheCarp ( 96830 ) <sjc@carpane3.14t.net minus pi> on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @04:13PM (#38374730) Homepage

    Ok, so legalize prostitution and sever ties between the now legal sex trade and the illegal sex trade.

    There is plenty of money to be made in selling alcohol to minors, how many legitimate places are willing to risk their prized liquor licenses over it? They may make mistakes, employees may make exceptions for friends and other shit, but.... outside of those minor incidents, nobody does it as a matter of course. Nobody has a back room for kids to go buy liquor at.

    Now, I know the drug markets more than the flesh but... the paralells are easy to see.

    The average drug dealer is just a user who needed a way to afford his habbit. No matter how honest of a businessman, no matter whether he denies sales to kids, or advices customers when their habbits seem to be going out of control (all things i have seen from real dealers), he still has to worry about being robbed, threatened, or blackmailed. There is no real separation between him and abusive predators.

    There is just no excuse for submerging these people into the criminal underground and leaving them with no reasonable legal recourse to protect themselves from dangerous predators. Thats what it really comes down to. When you make it illegal, you lump all people doing it together, you force them into the same boat as the abusive people. This helps the abusive hide, and gives them victims.

    A legal prostitute has no reason to not report illegal activities, in fact, she has every reason to do it. Do you want her on your side, or do you want her to be just another victim? Thats the real question.

    Do you want to give abusive criminals an ocean to hide in? Or would you want to shrink his world, and leave him fewer places to hide?

    Because in the end, the basic transaction of sex for money, no matter how you feel about it, has no victim. It is nearly invisible, and it is impossible to stop. Why fight it, when its not really the actual problem?

  • by jeti ( 105266 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @05:50PM (#38376224) Homepage

    If all US prisoners deserve their fate, americans must be very bad people indeed. The incarceration rate in the US [wikipedia.org] is ten times as high as in Europe.

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:2, Insightful)

    by makomk ( 752139 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @06:34PM (#38376800) Journal

    That's nowhere near as fashionable as fighting sex slavery. Of course, I expect a lot of the money is being used to imprison non-slave sex workers, some of whom will inevitably be raped by police officers as a result. That's because the war on sex trafficking has never been about actually stopping sex slavery; it's always really been about the immorality of sex work with the trafficking part used as an excuse, and they don't care if the women involved get hurt. IIRC the anti-trafficking movement has roots in the equally questionable feminist anti-porn movement

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:2, Insightful)

    by RandomAvatar ( 2487198 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @07:27PM (#38377538)
    I must agree and disagree. I agree that the pedophiles and pimps should be held responsible for the child sex trade and drug addictions. I also agree that the cops should not be blamed when there is nothing they could legally do. However, I disagree with your first two statements. Prostitution is not "evil", it is a way to make money. Like every other business, there should be standards in place to prevent abuse and harm to the people who do these jobs, but a job is a job. Your second statement makes me think that you have the only set of morals that should ever be followed. That is not the case. Many people have many different morals, and government seems to have forgotten this. For example, I believe that so long as you don't cause harm to others, or act in such ways that puts others in direct harm, or purposely harm someone physically or mentally, anything should be legal within the spirit (not the letter) of these rules. Doing drugs don't harm others, unless you drive afterwards. Prostitution does not harm anyone, unless you force someone into it. Etc.

    I believe that governments have been taking away our rights to do what we please to ourselves, while giving the people like these pedophiles ways to get away with their crimes.
  • Re:Hum. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Fned ( 43219 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @09:00PM (#38378690) Journal

    Has anyone ever been actually sentenced to "Slavery"?

    Uh, yeah. [wikipedia.org]

    (HhhHehehhehehehehehhh... penal...)

  • Re:Easy to do (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ravenshrike ( 808508 ) on Wednesday December 14, 2011 @09:40PM (#38379048)

    Which happens primarily because it's illegal and not taxed, and thus monitored, like every other profession.

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