Google Donates to Anti-Slavery Organizations

February 3, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. in pursuit of (idiom)
[per-soot] – going after a goal
ExampleIn pursuit of having a healthy community, medical professionals conduct medical missions regularly.

2. trafficking (n.) [trafi-king] –(in business) the illegal act of buying or selling something
Example: The men were arrested for the trafficking of fake gadgets.

3. rescue (n.) [res-kyoo] – act of setting someone free from danger or harm
Example: The teamwork of the police with the government led to the rescue of the flood victims.

4. exploitation (n.) [ek-sploi-tey-shuhn] – the act of gaining benefit from harming or abusing someone (or something)
Example: The exploitation of sharks for food has led to a decrease in their populations.

5.grant (n.) [grahnt] – money given to help a specific purpose
Example: The grant from the company was able to help many organizations take care of the street children. 

Read the text below.

Google Inc. donated a total of $11.5 million in December to support organizations in pursuit of ending the global problem of slavery and human trafficking.

According to Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving at Google, the company decided to help in anti-slavery campaigns because its employees feel very strongly toward the issue of freedom. For them, freedom is a basic right every human must possess.

Fuller added that slavery which is the act of forcing people to work for little or no pay, has been around throughout human history but has never been more widespread in recent times. Experts say there are about 10 to 30 million victims of slavery worldwide.

Google’s donation was shared by ten newly created anti-trafficking organizations. Majority of the donation amounting to $8 million was given to two associations led by the International Justice Mission (IJM) in India which will be used in government rescue operations and advocacy awareness projects. On the other hand, a total of $1.8 million went to the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Initiative, a partnership organization between IJM and two other anti-slavery organizations— Polaris Project and Slavery Footprint.

IJM president Gary Haugen said donations from big companies like Google give those who fight for freedom an advantage in resources over criminals that practice human exploitation.

The $11.5-million grant was a part of the $40 million Google gave to different charities last Christmas. With this fund, an estimated 12,000 people are expected to be saved from slavery. 

Viewpoint Discussion (
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Why do you think slavery and human trafficking exist?
·         Do you think slavery will end some day? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         If you could support a cause, what cause would that be? How would you choose to support it?
·         Do you think a big company has responsibility to give to charity or help non-profit organizations? Why or why not?


February 3, 2012