Girls being trafficked from Delhi to Meerut

Girls being trafficked from Delhi to Meerut

Girls being trafficked from Delhi to Meerut

DEVESH K PANDEY IN THE HINDU

In order to avoid detection in the Capital

A large number of minor girls and young women trafficked from different parts of the country to Delhi are being re-trafficked to brothels in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh to evade detection. The emerging new trend was noticed during recent rescue operations carried out by the local Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in coordination with a team constituted under the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

During the raids that were carried out in the Kawari Bazaar area of Meerut on July 27, and earlier on May 22, the team rescued over 60 victims of human trafficking who were brought from different places in West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and even Nepal. Almost half of them were minors.

Having undergone mental and physical torture at the hands of their managers, many victims were initially reluctant to share their woes with the counsellors. However, most girls revealed that they were first brought to Delhi on various pretexts and then sold off at brothels on G.B. Road in Central Delhi.

“As the police mounted pressure in Delhi, many girls who were pushed into prostitution in the G.B. Road brothels were transported to Meerut. One of the victims disclosed that it also happened because some of these brothels had been served closure notices by the administration,” said Rishi Kant of non-government organization Shakti Vahini that was part of the rescue team. Some of the girls were even sent to Mumbai before being taken to Meerut.

Stating that Meerut was fast emerging as a major trafficking hub, where girls were now being sent through Delhi, Mr. Kant cited a case in which a girl belonging to a poor family from West Bengal was first sold in a red-light area of Kolkata and then to a brothel on G.B. Road, from where she was later transferred to Meerut.

“She has four sisters. Her father passed away in her childhood and her mother was unable to make two ends meet. Taking advantage of her poor economic condition, traffickers laid a trap and sold her off,” he said.

The same fate awaited another girl from South 24 Parganas in West Bengal, whose family members got a complaint lodged with the local police after she went missing. “While several victims were offered good jobs, some were brought to Delhi on the pretext of marriage. Some were even drugged and physically tortured. Now that they have been rescued, most of them have expressed their desire to be reunited with their families back home.”


  • The emerging trend was noticed during recent rescue operations carried out in Meerut
  • Most rescued girls were brought to Delhi, sold off at brothels on G.B. Road, then sent to Meerut
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Maid abuse: CWC wants girl’s statement under CrPC 164

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NOIDA: With two separate cases of domestic help abuse being reported in Noida within three days, the child welfare committee has instructed police to record the statement of a 13-year-old domestic help under Section 164 of CrPC. She was allegedly abused by her employers in their Sector 44 residence. CWC officials said this move would strengthen the girl’s case and aid in her receiving swift justice.

CWC said that in the FIR, police had applied all sections relevant to child labour, involuntary confinement and bonded labour, but for the girl’s rehabilitation, her statement should be recorded by the ACJM under Section 164 of CrPC. “Once the statement has been recorded by the ACJM under this section, the rehabilitation process for the girl can begin and she can be released from judicial custody,” said a CWC official.

In the other case – in which another girl had been allegedly abused by her software engineer employer for almost a year – police said they were awaiting the medical report to verify the exact age of the girl.

The first case was reported to police on March 24 following which the girl, aged between 13 and 14 years, was rescued from the Sector 44 house in Noida. “The girl was employed by a couple, Jagdeep and Shilpa Relan. The husband didn’t live in Noida. When we rescued the girl, her body was riddled with injuries,” said the police. The parents of the girl arrived in Noida from their village in Jharkhand on Sunday.

In the second case, police are waiting for the health department to submit the age proof of the girl. “In this case, the girl is around 14 years old and we need to be sure about her age because if she’s older than 14, the child labour act doesn’t apply to her,” said a police official. Police also said they had traced the girl’s family in Jharkhand with the aid of the state police.

PLACEMENT AGENCIES – ORGANISED TRAFFICKING RACKETS

SHAKTI VAHINI – ANTI TRAFFICKING PROJECT

Unsafe migration leads to Trafficking. Presently India has a large movement of rural people going to the urban areas. In this stream of migration many children and women are being trafficked for forced labour , child labour , forced marriages, sexual exploitation , bonded labour etc. Many cases of missing children and women have been reported who have subsequently been trafficked. In recent times men, women and children are made false promises of good jobs in the urban areas and made to work in illegal activities.

Thousands of illegal placement agencies flourish in cities like Delhi where there is a high demand of live-in maids who can work even at odd hours according to the schedule of the employers. The employers are also specifically looking for younger children because ‘they are cheaper’, complain less and can be exploited. Apart from this there are those source regions struck by poverty, natural calamities, lack of employment, education where parents are willing to let go off their children in the hope that their child will live a better life in the city and send back some money so that those back home can enjoy two meals a day, but instead what the children go through in these cities is nothing less than hell.

There is also a lot of reporting on the sex abuse of maids. Many cases off such exploitation has been reported. The maids work from dawn till midnight, do all household chores, they are deprived of food, clean clothes, basic sanitation, and what they get is physical, sexual and mental abuse with most or all wages going to the agents operating the placement agencies. The employers don’t think twice before giving their wages to these middlemen who never send back the money home nor do they intimate the families of these maids about the whereabouts of the maids.

 Recently, there has definitely a growth in the number of cases that have come to light. This has been possible as there is an increased partnership between NGOs and Police. With awareness and sensitization programmes being conducted and also with increased media space being provided to such issues there has been an increased public participation in providing information about such violence to NGOs and Police.

With setting up of Anti Human Trafficking Units  (AHTU) there is more exchange of information between source area law enforcement and destination NGOs leading to several joint investigations. The government scheme on setting up Anti Human Trafficking Units has focused on all forms of trafficking. It envisages training law enforcement officials, sensitizing them, rescues and also post rescue initiatives for rehabilitation. It stresses on NGO involvement at every step of a case intervention. The police today are much more aware of the organized gangs involved in trafficking for not only commercial sexual exploitation but also labour and more specifically domestic labour through placement agencies.

Media has been playing a lead role in highlighting the issue. Creating pressure on the government to take action, it has kept the police on its toes. This has led to increased debate on such issues among the general population.

 The government has also playing its part. India recently ratified United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime of which the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children is a part.

 Recent Cases – 2012

 The recent rescue of a 13 years old domestic help from the house of a doctor couple reflects how inhuman an educated employer can be. The Doctor couple had gone to Bangkok after locking up the girl in their second-floor house six days before. The girl was left without food and had been starving for three days. The couple was not paying her any wage and didn’t allow her to leave the house. The girl is from Jharkhand and was brought to Delhi and sold to a placement agency and later sent to the couple’s house to work as a maid. When the couple came to know about the rescue and a case had been registered against them they postponed their return to India from Thailand. In the mean time the police issued lookout circular for the couple. The couple also moved an anticipatory bail application before the court which was strongly opposed by Shakti Vahini. Later the couple was arrested by the police and were in police remand for five days. After that the couple was sent to the judicial custody by the honourable court. Shakti Vahini has been providing legal aid to the victim. The couple is out on bail after staying in Jail for Five days .

 In yet another worst case of exploitation of domestic help of a 14-year-girl was raped and sodomised by her employer for two years before she was rescued from her employer’s house by the joint intervention of Police and Childline. After the accused raped her the first time, he threatened the girl with murder if she told on him.

 In another case an 11-year-old domestic help was rescued from Greater Noida, a satellite town of New Delhi, after neighbours said she was being tortured and kept hungry.Police found her with bruises all over her body. Her employers – a golf instructor and an artist – were charged under the Juvenile Justice Act.

In a joint operation by Assam Police, Delhi Police, Crime Branch, Shakti Vahini and Childline 22 minor girls were rescued from different places of National Capital Region. All the girls were trafficked on the pretext of job by one illegally running placement agency under the banner of N. K. Enterprize in Shakurpur area. The placement agency allegedly runs by one Home Singh Pandey. During the time of rescue the girls were found locked outside in the N. K. Enterprise premise in Shakurpur. These girls were brought by the source traffickers and sold to the said Home Singh Pandey. Police arrested Home Singh Pandey and his three associates under FIR no. 14/2012 at Mushalpur Police Station, Dist. Baska, Assam u/s 420/372/366A of IPC. All the accused were produced before the court of Sh. Sumedh Kumar Sethi, Metropolitan Magistrate, Rohini Court on March 15, 2012. The court has granted transit remand and also directed to be produced before the CJM/MM/DMM concerned. As said by the police the Home Singh Pandey came in contact with one Assamese girl as a part of his job in Delhi and married her. With the help of his wife Rupa, in a very organized manner he started bringing girls from Assam with the involvement of the source traffickers. Home Singh Pandey started buying girls from the source traffickers by Rs.5000 each. He then gradually started the Placement Agency in the name of N. K. Enterprise. He along with his associates started employing girls for domestic help by taking Rs.15000 -20000 as security money and every month he used to take salary on the girls’ behalf as Rs.1500-2000. Home Singh Pandey allegedly kidnapped 60 girls from Assam and employed them as domestic helper in Delhi. Police is investigating the matter. Of the 20 girls who were rescued, 8 were from Assam, 7 were from West Bengal and 5 from Jharkhand.

 In another case in which the Crime Branch, AHTU, Delhi Police and Shakti Vahini conducted multiple raids following an order issued by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), a bench of Magistrate and targeted the premises of the placement agency in Chirag Delhi and houses where maids were believed to have been supplied. Six girls including two from the houses of their employers and four from the premises of the LG placement agency were rescued on April 4, 2012. The girls had allegedly not been paid by their employers. Most of the girls were trafficked from villages in West Bengal and the agencies allegedly run by two persons named Laxman and Rahu. Police arrested Laxman and sent him to the Judicial Custody as per the order of the honourable court.

 Among the series of cases of the recent past, a 20 year old woman working as domestic help in the capital was beaten up by her employer and sustained a neck fracture.  The woman hailing from Jharkhand was beaten up and forced to do menial jobs by her employer. She was rescued on April 15, 2012 by the police. The victim said that on April 13 she was asked to wash a huge bundle of cloths and when she refused as she was not feeling well, she was beaten up by a bat used to wash cloths. During her service she was suffering from throat infection and though she informed her employer about this, no medical attention was given to her.

 Another incident of girl trafficking for maid has come into light in the capital with the recovery of a teenaged, a native of Jharkhand on April 14. The 18 years old girl was found in a doctor’s clinic where she was allegedly brought for abortion purpose. A well wisher called Shakti Vahini NGO and with the help of the police the case was intervened. During the counselling the girl said that one Rajesh who allegedly raped her in the placement agency premise at Aligaon. After the rape the girl was placed as a domestic help in a house in Gurgaon, where she worked for two months. After two months she came to the agency in a break where she told Rajkumar, the alleged co-owner of the agency about the rape because she had skipped her menstrual cycle but he asked her to keep quiet. Then she was sent to Faridabad for work where also she worked for two months. Her employer was going out of town so she requested Rajkumar to bring her to the agency for a few days. As there was no one at the agency office in Aligaon, Rajkimar brought her to one Pancham’s placement agency in Chirag Delhi. During this time she was allegedly given some pills after which she started bleeding profusely as said by Dr. Advani.  The girl came to Delhi about 6 months back with a Kunti Devi from her village. Kunti Devi promised her a job in Delhi. On coming to Delhi Kunti took Manmeet to a placement agency in Aligaon operated by one Rajesh (Kunti Devi’s husband) and Rajkumar. First she was placed for work in a house in Dwarka where she worked for about two months and came to the placement agency for a 4 day holiday. During this time when everyone was sleeping, Rajesh woke her up and pulled her to another room and raped her. A case was registered in the Sarita Vihar Police Station u/s 376/312/313/201 IPC. The FIR no. is 116/12 and the accused Rajkumar was arrested.

 Earlier Cases of placement Agencies involved in Organised trafficking rackets

In a major breakthrough in the drive against human trafficking, Delhi Police have apprehended one of the kingpins of the racket, Munna Chaudhary, who is the owner of a placement agency. At least nine minor girls have been rescued. An Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Crime Branch under ACP MS Bisht and overall Addl DCP (Crime), PS Kushwah on July 13, based on inputs from Assam Police and accompanied by a team of Shakti Vahini – NGO, raided the premises of Rajdhani Placement Agency at Rajouri Garden, Delhi. Munna Chaudhary (41) owner of the Rajdhani Placement Agency was arrested and subjected to intensive interrogation. He disclosed that he has been running the placement agency for the last six years. He procures minor girls through brokers and agents from rural areas of Assam and after being brought to Delhi, they are employed as domestic help. The minor girls had no knowledge about their salary and they had no contact with their parents after coming to Delhi. All the girls expressed their willingness to go back to their parents. Investigations revealed that brokers and agents of the placement agency indulged in trafficking of minor children from Assam and West Bengal and brought them to Delhi. These brokers and agents contacted poor parents of the children and won their confidence and then lured them by promising a better future for their child and money to them in the form of salary. After being brought to Delhi the minors were handed over to the placement agency. The agents were paid Rs.12, 000 per girl, as commission by the placement agency. The placement agency charged Rs.20, 000 to 25,000 from the employer for providing the girls as domestic help. Thereafter they also collected the salary of the child but it hardly reached the parents.

 The Bengal CID team following a habeas corpus visited Delhi looking for one Sarathi Mondal D/O Deshbandhu Mondal, R/O Sandeshkhali on an FIR no. 157 dated 18.06.2010 u/s 363/363A/368/370/34.  The West Bengal CID Team contacted Shakti Vahini for assisting them in raid and rescue. Shakti Vahini contacted the Crime Branch Delhi Police. The Additional DCP Crime, P.S. Kushwaha directed the district AHTU to coordinate and help in raid and rescue. In the case, there was one Sushma Mistry and a Rajesh involved in keeping the girls in confinement, sexually assaulting them and forcing them to work as domestic help. There was a man called Nimai Sardar who runs Alo Placement Agency who helped with bringing the minor girls to Delhi and putting them for work in people’s houses. According to the Bengal Police Sushma was to be staying in Ghaziabad in the office of the placement agency and Rajesh was living with her there with the other girls. The team had brought with them Saraswati Mondal who was rescued after Babu Mistry’s arrest back in Hingalganj P.S. She was brought to identify the accused and help rescue the victim from the identified locations. The next day the residence and office of Nimai Sardar were raided in RZ A-413, Jai Vihar, Najafgarh are. He lived in a three storey building from where 5 girls were rescued. After the raid at the office which was locked the residence of Rajesh was also raided. Rajesh was seen around his residence the previous day but on that day no whereabouts of the man could not be found. Also, at his residence there was no further clue found about his whereabouts and his wife and elder brother did not cooperate much. The next day the residence and office of Nimai Sardar were raided in RZ A-413, Jai Vihar, Najafgarh are. He lived in a three storey building from where 5 girls were rescued.

 The Way Forward

Though cases are registered many end up in acquittals as the victim is represented by the state through the Public Prosecutor. Shakti Vahini has since the last two years representing and assisting the Public Prosecutors in almost all the cases many of them are in advanced stages of Trial.

 In the recent cases bail applications of the accused have been very strongly opposed by the organization leading to sending of the accused to jails.

Though there is increased focus of the law enforcement agencies through the AHTU Police at the Police Station level still lack the basic skills of identifying a trafficking case which many times hamper in the investigations.

Though the government of India prohibited child labour for domestic work on 10 October 2006  the implementation has also been very slow. With most of the offence being bailable their is no fear of the law in the minds of the people and hence the general opinion is that they get away with such extreme human rights and constitutional rights violation.

SC clarifies scope of case on Sex Workers limited to ‘rehabilitation’

Making it clear that the current attempt of the Supreme Court looking into the various questions involving sex workers and their rehabilitation does not include ‘institutionalizing or regularizing’ the profession, a division bench comprising of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra today said that there should not be any apprehension that the Apex Court was trying to ‘legalize’ the trade.

“We are not into institutionalizing or regularizing the profession… There should not be any apprehension that we are trying to legalize the trade,” the bench said clarifying the scope of the current effort in which the court has sought the involvement of various Ministries, NGOs, legal service associations, and others who would collectively develop a ‘composite plan’ to protect the rights of the sex workers.

The bench today directed to hold a meeting of all parties on May 6 to discuss the problems and issues of the Sixth Interim Report, which has been filed by the Committee appointed by the court, for looking into the various facets involving sex workers and their rehabilitation. The bench asked for identification of problems and working out solutions to the issues.

The apex court constituted panel is headed by senior counsel Pradip Ghosh and includes senior counsel Jayant Bhushan, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Usha Multipurpose Cooperative Society and Saima Hasan, founder of Roshni as its members. The court’s order came after it took suo motu cognizance of the problems faced by sex workers while dealing with a sex workers’ murder case.

SC clarifies scope of case on Sex Workers limited to ‘rehabilitation’

Man, mother booked for battering maid

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APRIL 18 2012 / TIMES OF INDIA

Man, mother booked for battering maid

Man, mother booked for battering maid

Man, mother booked for battering maid

 

 

Man, mother booked for battering maid

Baby Falak case exposes child sex racket in Delhi hotels

TRAFFICKING ON RISE- DELHI

TRAFFICKING ON RISE- DELHI

KUMAR VIKRAM IN INDIA TODAY

When the rest of the city goes to sleep, defenceless children brought from across the country are awake satisfying the lust of men who check in at the brightly lit new hotels on the NH-8 stretch at Mahipalpur opposite Delhi‘s international airport.

These children forced into prostitution are made to service seven men a day for six days in a week and if they don’t achieve their target on one day, they have to do it on the day after.

It’s a horrific story that would have never seen the light of day had a 14-year-old girl not come to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on January 18 with a two-year-old girl battered and bitten all over.

There was a nationwide shock, horror and disbelief when the ‘Baby Falak’ story made front-page headlines. There was an outpouring of outrage against the ‘monster’ who had savaged a child.

As the Baby Falak story dominated the headlines for weeks, no tears were shed for 14-year-old Sunita (name changed) who herself had been brutalised by almost everyone she came across in her life – from her father and her so-called boyfriend who helped her escape the hell-hole of sex trade to complete strangers.

Abused, assaulted and forced to have sex with seven men every day, the teenager now battles to cope with the emotional and physical trauma that she suffered for months. But as she undergoes counselling at the juvenile home she is lodged at, Sunita has exposed the sordid details of the sex racket flourishing on an unimaginable scale in the hotels in Mahipalpur.

Sunita has made heart-rending revelations about the ordeal she and dozens of other girls, including those younger than her, are made to suffer.

According to her, there is a contract system in place according to which the girls have to entertain at least seven clients every day. If a girl gets less than seven clients in a day, she is required to make up for it the next day by sleeping with more people.

The hotel managements are very much hand-in-glove with the people running this racket. “The hotel managers know of the illegal activity that happens. Whenever they see a police van or jeep, they help in hiding the girls. Sometimes, they send the girls to the terrace,” Sunita said. She has also revealed the names of some of the hotels. Even more shocking in this whole grisly tale is the Delhi Police‘s apathy.

The victim, against whom the culpable homicide charge was slapped after baby Falak’s death, made these disclosures during the counselling sessions she has been going through with the assistance of social workers and members of Delhi’s Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which has come out with several reports on the case.

According to the CWC reports, the police were repeatedly informed about the child sex racket but they did not act. The report castigates the local police, describing their attitude towards the case as “casual”.

According to a report, Sunita maintained a diary which contains the contact numbers of other girls as well. The diary was handed over to the investigating officer (IO), but it seems the police sat on it rather than rescuing the minor girls.

Commenting on police apathy, a CWC order issued on March 13 notes: “It is observed that even after one month when details of the hotels and guesthouses and a girl child were given to the IO, there is no action taken as yet.”

Senior police officials denied the allegations. Ajay Choudhary, additional commissioner of police of south-east district, said all the accused “involved in this case” have already been arrested and further investigations are on. “We have received the reports from the agency (CWC) and have gone through the details. It is a serious matter and police officers are working on it.”

Statements made by Sunita have exposed the network of pimps involved in the trade. Rana Gupta, the husband of Aarti – the woman who pushed Sunita into the flesh trade – has a vast network of men who work to supply girls on weekly contracts in and around Delhi.

Under this system, the girls are sent to the clients for a week. Sunita revealed that she was sent to a client on a weekly contract once by Pooja, another pimp. But when Aarti realised that Sunita was very young, she cut short the period of the contract to four days.

Raj Mangal Prasad, chairperson, CWC, said that crucial details have come out during the counselling of the victim. “It is a sensitive and serious case and the police should have a proactive approach. Child trafficking and flesh trade have gone up in recent years. Hundreds of girls, including minors belonging to poor families in remote states, are being brought to the cities for flesh trade. It has become a demand-driven business. Demand has gone high and so has the supply,” he added.

The CWC also suggested that the victim should not be questioned by the police, as she had expressed her discomfort, and that the police should contact her through the social workers.

Another order of the committee reads: “She (Sunita) has been used for commercial sexual exploitation by Pooja, Aarti, Sandeep and even Rajkumar alias Dilshad. Sandeep (Pooja’s husband) raped her repeatedly for three days. At Pooja’s house, clients would visit and abuse her. She was sent on a one-week contract to Munirka at a women’s house in August 2011. She was sent to different places to entertain customers and Dilshad would drop her at these places. All the money earned through her was pocketed by Pooja.”

According to the committee, the victim, who has studied up to Class VI, has showed many behavioural problems, but is slowly making improvements and wants to study further.

Google puts $11.5 million toward US coalitions devoted to fighting slavery

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By: Beth Duff-Brown, The Associated Press  /  14/12/2011 3:09 AM

SAN FRANCISCO – Tech giant Google announced Wednesday it is donating $11.5 million to several coalitions fighting to end the modern-day slavery of some 27 million people around the world.

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.

“Many people are surprised to learn there are more people trapped in slavery today than any time in history,” said Jacquelline Fuller, director of charitable giving and advocacy for Google. “The good news is that there are solutions.”

The Washington, D.C.-based International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that works globally to rescue victims of slavery and sexual exploitation, was chosen by Google to lead the efforts.

It will partner with Polaris Project and Slavery Footprint and a handful of smaller organizations for the multi-year effort to rescue the enslaved, push for better infrastructure and resources for anti-slavery enforcement agencies overseas, as well as raise awareness here in the United States and help countries draft anti-slavery legislation.

“Each year we focus some of our annual giving on meeting direct human need,” Fuller said. “Google chose to spotlight the issue of slavery this year because there is nothing more fundamental than freedom.”

Gary A. Haugen, president of the International Justice Mission, said the coalition would focus on three initiatives: A $3.5 million intervention project to fight forced labour in India; a $4.5 million advocacy campaign in India to educate and protect the vulnerable; and a $1.8 million plan to mobilize Americans on behalf of the millions currently at risk of slavery or waiting for rescue around the world.

The remaining $1.7 million will go to several smaller organizations working to combat slavery.

“It’s hard for most Americans to believe that slavery and human trafficking are still massive problems in our world,” said Haugen. “Google’s support now makes it possible for IJM to join forces with two other leading organizations so we can bring to bear our unique strengths in a united front.”

Those leading the U.S. efforts will meet in Washington on Wednesday to kick off the joint initiative. The project will focus on improved legislation to protect vulnerable children and adults in the United States, as well as a push for more accountability and transparency in the U.S. supply chain by retailers and manufacturers to make sure their products are “slave-free.”

The trafficking of women for the sex trade is common in big American cities. Some illegal immigrants find themselves forced to work in sweatshops, in private homes as domestic servants or on farms without pay under the threat of deportation.

The new effort will launch initiatives that ordinary Americans can take to help abolish modern-day slavery, such as understanding how their own clothing or smart phones might contain fabrics or components manufactured by forced labour.

“Whether it’s by calling the national human trafficking hotline, sending a letter to their senator, or using online advocacy tools, millions of Americans will be able to use their voices to ensure that ending this problem becomes a top priority,” said Bradley Myles, executive director of Polaris Project.

Google.org — the philanthropy arm of the Silicon Valley firm — announced the anti-slavery effort as part of its $40 million in end-of-year giving that brings its charitable donations to more than $100 million in 2011. The grants will also support science, technology, engineering and math education; girls’ education in the developing world; and the use of technology for social good.

Justin Dillon, the founder of Slavery Footprint, said the Google grant would allow the movement to move from “anecdote and emotion,” to tangible action that could make a dent in history.

“Having a company like Google recognize the value of our work marks a major turning point for the anti-slavery movement,” said Dillon, whose non-profit gives consumers some tools to determine whether slaves were used in the making of their goods and teaches them to use social media to sound off about slavery and engage with corporations about their supply chains.