Google has donated $11.5m to a series of international funds that aim to combat slavery around the world. Around 27m people are believed to still be held in some form of slavery, with particular concern over the increasing numbers of people trafficked through India.
The Google money will go to the likes of the International Justice Mission, the Polaris Project and the Slavery Footprint Calculator, all of which campaign to raise awareness of slavery and to tackle the causes of a practice that many in the west assume was wiped out decades ago.
Google’s donation was announced as part of a $40m end-of-year charitable push by the company, which has donated more than $100m during the year. Other donations have been made to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the US as well as various ’empowerment through technology’ initiatives.