Google, Palantir, Salesforce Fight Human Traffickers

A new partnership between Google, Palantir, and Salesforce will fund a call center and database to collect information on human traffickers and sex slavery routes.

The fight against human traffickers and sex slavery just received a new, high-tech database. Google's charitable arm, Google Giving, announced a three million dollar grant to human trafficking organizations today to fund aggregation of human trafficker data. A hotline and accompanying database will be built out using backend software and logistical support from Palantir and Salesforce. The three million will be disbursed to non-profit organizations the Polaris Project, Liberty Asia, and La Strada International. Each of the three organizations focuses on human trafficking in a different part of the world, and all three participated in a previous Google Ideas campaign against human trafficking.

Polaris' Sarah Jakiel said in a release that "Hotlines are a crucial part of an effective anti-trafficking response in any country. By leveraging new technologies that enable information sharing, and by incorporating new modes of communication like text messaging, hotlines can reach more survivors, support safe migration, and offer better resources to vulnerable communities. Individual hotlines also provide strategic insights about how and where trafficking is occurring and can have a transformative impact on the anti-trafficking field."

Salesforce and Palantir began hotline work in 2012; the Google grants will help scale out and improve the existing program.

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  • Anonymous

    While this is wonderful and inspiring to read about, I'm skeptical and of the intentions of Palantir and find it sadly ironic. As a former employee, I have first hand knowledge and experience of Palantir's discrimination against women, and their lack of supporting women in the workplace; many women have left Palantir or have turned down offers to work there because it was simply not a place where they felt welcome. This is great that they are making these efforts, but they should probably be looking within their own company, first and foremost - put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. 

  • xandy

    Hi Anonymous, I'm a female engineer applying to Palantir. I stumbled upon this while researching the company. "Lack of support"? In 2013? What kind of support do they not provide?

  • Holly

    This is incredible to read about.  You can see that  the scope of the problem has to be met with a solution of this scope as well.  Bravo to everyone involved in this...and thank you.  I recently attended the Women in the World Summit in NYC and the one section that seemed the most difficult for people to hear - women to hear! - was about sex trafficking. It's an overwhleming issue and good to hear that's not stopping this group from doing something about it.

  • Nate Davis

    Thanks for writing about this Neal! For so many Westerners, trafficking is a problem people think doesn't really exist or doesn't have anything to do with them, so having the topic covered in reputable mainstream publications is a big step forward. After doing volunteer work for a year in Manila, I came to see that working with victims in developing countries is important, but equally so is mobilizing the vast resources we have available here--which is why this partnership is so exciting.