Google makes $3M grant to combat human trafficking

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Google is announcing a $3 million gift to three nonprofits working to use technology and data to combat human trafficking worldwide.

On Tuesday, officials announced a Google Global Impact Award in Washington to fund the Polaris Project, La Strada International and Liberty Asia. The three groups are working in the U.S., Europe and Asia to create a global network with local hot lines, sharing data to disrupt modern slavery.

Google launched its Impact Awards in December to fund innovation among nonprofits using technology to scale up smaller projects.

Millions of people are held in slavery around the world. The U.S. State Department has reported as many as 27 million men, women and children are held in bondage.

Since 2011, Google has given more than $14 million to stop human trafficking.

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