STOP Sexual Exploitation of Girls On Google
  • Petitioning Larry Page

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CEO Google Inc.
Larry Page
Co-Founder/PresTechnology Google Inc.
Sergey Brin
SVP/Chief Business Officer Google Inc.
Nikesh Arora
Vice President, Public Policy and Communications
Rachel Whetstone
Executive Chairman Google Inc.
Eric Schmidt

STOP Sexual Exploitation of Girls On Google

    1. WNN - Women News Network
    2. Petition by

      WNN - Women News Network

      Hygiene, CO

WNN - Women News Network, as an award winning not-for-profit news network focusing exclusively on global women that is reaching the public and over 500 UN agencies and NGO affiliates (along with 40+ organizations working to stop human trafficking), is well aware of the global problems in the sex-trafficking of women and girls.

Because of our work to bring greater ethics and transparency to the news media we call today on Google Inc to join the movement and to answer an urgent message sent to Google by the 'Concerned Citizens of the World' to: "STOP all internet profits and facilitating of sexual exploitation of women and girls on the internet through the sales of online advertisements made by those who profit from this heinous crime."

Current public searches in Google have produced AdWords ads that may have strong connections to sex tourism, underage web cams and other underage sex industry offerings. Because this is a threat to the integrity of Google we ask that deep investigations are conducted immediately through a revised action plan for Google Inc.

Sites linked to these questionable advertisements show the ‘tell-tale’ signs of global human trafficking activities and are not mere ‘adult services’ sites which are currently permitted by Google AdWords policies. By allowing these ads to “slip through the cracks,” in the words of a Google spokesperson, you are turning a blind eye to a pernicious problem that Google does have the power to stop.

Google, Inc is now in a unique position to choke the supply chain that delivers women and girls for sale through online sex trafficking. Google must resolve this issue in a sustainable way and to stop all corporate profits from any sale of women and girls through sexual exploitation from what has been called by a Google insider as "improperly filtered" advertisers.

HERE'S THE PROBLEM:

Online trafficking of women and children is continuing to happen through the deceptive use of Google AdWords. The Concerned Citizens of the World are asking Google to simply stop selling advertisements to Human Traffickers!

HERE'S THE ISSUE:

Today's online ads show the exploitation of children and adults for sex and labor to be a frequent and ever-growing problem in our society. These ads are pervasive and easy to see by the public. All someone has to do is type in a search term like "pretty ladies" using Google Search. Then sponsored links will appear on the right column showing advertisements purchased from Google Adwords. Try this search now using Google Search with the term: "Russia Women" or other geo-located terms for women to see these advertisements.

Forbes Magazine staff writer Daniel Fisher wrote in his article, "Backpage Takes Heat, But Prostitution Ads Are Everywhere," outlined the insider techniques of 'work-around' that illegal advertisers can use today to show up on Google. We believe these 'work-arounds' can be stopped by Google Inc through tighter filters and management of employees who place Google Ads online.

It is understood that this is a complex problem for Google, but turning a blind eye to this pernicious problem must not be tolerated!

As the most prominent player in online search around the world, with power and scale far more significant than any search engine in existence today, Google is in a unique position to act responsibly to be a leader in the fight against human trafficking, not an 'unintentional' facilitator.

WHY THIS IS GOOGLE’S PROBLEM:

Google Inc has had to face the legal problems of deceptive ads appearing in their search engine previously.

On September 21, 2010, Michael Zwibelman, Litigation Counsel for Google, announced litigation against what was described as pharmacies which “despite our best efforts” were able to place ads in violation of Google AdWords policies. “Litigation of this kind should act as a serious deterrent to anyone thinking about circumventing our policies to advertise illegally on Google,” said Zwibelman. (1)

What Zwibelman didn’t mention at the time though was that Google was under criminal investigation for aiding and abetting in the sale of illegal online pharmaceuticals. On August 24, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Google agreed to forfeit $500 million for allowing online pharmacies to place advertisements through its AdWords program. The United States attorney for Rhode Island, Peter F. Neronha, whose office was responsible for the investigation, said Google’s conduct was not the result of a few rogue employees. Mr. Neronha said the company’s chief executive, Larry Page, “knew what was going on.” Yet, according to Zwibelman, Google used “its best efforts” to keep these rogue pharmacies from placing ads. 

For the sake of transparency we must ask these questions: Have Google AdWords employees been involved in assisting sites that are involved in global trans-national illegal activities? If so, does this include sex-trafficking activities? Can Google Adwords employees and managers now be charged with global online crime as agents involved in "criminal complicity" by placing ads involved with illegal activities online? (2)

While Craigslist and backpage.com have been targeted for their adult advertisements along with action by (U.S.) New York City Council legislators, Google has appeared to be relatively unscathed even though, by providing the largest global search engine in the world, it may also be the largest (unintentional) facilitator of human trafficking.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

By signing this Petition you can be part of an important global movement to help save a girl and/or woman from a terrible fate. You will be joining the Concerned Citizens of the World in calling on the leadership of Google Inc to do more than just state their company filter policy - but to put in place sustainable actions to stop human trafficking. By signing this petition you will be calling on Google to enact a specific ACTION plan that will filter all ads correctly and completely.

THE ONLINE EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to help all those who are trapped in illegal local and global sex industries and sold through the improperly filtered use of Google advertisements.

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References:

(1): http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/taking-rogue-pharmacies-to-court.html

(2): http://womennewsnetwork.net/2012/04/19/us-congress-microscope-google/

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Online And Anonymous: New Challenges To Prosecuting Sex Trafficking

      WNN - Women News Network
      Petition Organizer

      U.S. radio network NPR has interviewed John Ryan, CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about the recent large FBI sweep in the arrest of sex-trafficking agents and affiliates. They're talking about project 'Operation Cross Country' which works to highlight the ongoing — and often hidden — problem in the U.S.: the trafficking of young people. http://www.npr.org/2013/08/03/208664066/online-the-web-of-sex-trafficking-can-be-even-more-obscure

      Online And Anonymous: New Challenges To Prosecuting Sex Trafficking

      Monday, the FBI announced the success of a three-day, multicity child sex trafficking operation. The seventh and largest of its kind, the raid recovered 106 teenagers and arrested 152 pimps. Aged 13 to 17, almost all of the young people found were girls.

    2. Best Selling Author Frank Schaeffer Talks Google, FB & Human Trafficking

      WNN - Women News Network
      Petition Organizer

      New on HuffPost LIVE: New York Times best-selling author Frank Schaeffer sits down with Ahmed to discuss the fight to end human trafficking, especially between Google and Facebook. Link here to see this June 21, 2013 event: http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/frank-schaeffer-talks-human-trafficking/51c0cb2678c90a474500011b

      Frank Schaeffer Talks Human Trafficking

      HuffPost Live is a live-streaming network that attempts to create the most social video experience possible. Viewers are invited to join discussions live as on-air guests. Topics range from politics to pop culture.

    3. State Attorneys General Demand Answers From Google on Why It Profits From V

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      State Attorneys General Demand Answers From Google on Why It Profits From Videos Promoting Illegal and Dangerous Acts

      WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- After viewing a series of videos promoting dangerous activities such as the sale of illegal drugs, fraudulent passports and sex trafficking on YouTube, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked YouTube's parent company, Google, to provide more information on how much the company has profited from videos.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Are Google Ads the largest supply chain for ads appearing on Backpage.com?

      WNN - Women News Network
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      The connection between online trafficking and the pervasive use of online tools for ads for those working inside human trafficking networks is now being revealed to the public. See this important NY Times release by Nicolas Kristof: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opinion/sunday/kristof-where-pimps-peddle-their-goods.html).

      But the important question is: Are Google Ads part of the largest supply chain for ads appearing on Backpage.com? See this new article on WNN and please share with your community! http://womennewsnetwork.net/2012/04/19/us-congress-microscope-google/

    6. Is Google Adwords connected to publications used by human traffickers?

      WNN - Women News Network
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      How is the U.S. legislature working to try to prevent human trafickers from using Google's ads service? Is there any connect between Google, Inc and Backpage.com, the publisher who has been accused of being an active online platform for sex-trafficking? Two heroic women Representatives from U.S. Congress are asking Google some hard questions that have been recently delivered in a formal letter to Google, Inc. The topic is sex-trafficking online and how to STOP IT. Read this story by WNN - Women News Network > > >

    7. Australian court rules Google 'misled' users over search ads

      WNN - Women News Network
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      MORE IMPORTANT NEWS April 3, 2012:

      Google is taking the heat from the government of Australia. Charged with using a “misleading and deceptive” way with its advertising system, an Australian highest federal court ruled against the corporate giant on Tuesday (April 3, 2012).

      “This is an important outcome because it makes it clear that Google and other search engine providers which use similar technology to Google will be directly accountable for misleading or deceptive paid search results,” ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.

      Is Google, Inc allowing deceptive practices? If so, is this causing Google Adwords employees to be involved as accessories to human trafficking?

      "Even if an accomplice does not carry out the crime, in the eyes of the law the accomplice's pre-crime assistance makes him or her just as guilty as the person who does the deed itself," says the online legal encyclopedia Nolo.com.

      Share this petition now with your community!

    8. Lawmakers question Google on efforts to prevent online human trafficking

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      U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D - NY State), who is the senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D.C. with Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R - Tenn State) are now beginning to ask Google some important questions about their use (or NON-use) of filters with Adwords ads.

      What's happening now over at Google? See this important article and let others know about this petition!

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures
    10. We're reaching Google execs with new information!

      WNN - Women News Network
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      We want to share with you new insightful information coming to us about Google Adwords and breaks in Google's policy to filter ads. Read our petition and share far and wide!

    11. We're interviewing Somaly Mam on WNN soon! .

      WNN - Women News Network
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      We're bringing the rights of women & girls into focus under their hard plight in human trafficking

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. We're getting close to 500 signatures! Thanks for helping us reach our goal

      WNN - Women News Network
      Petition Organizer

      We can bring change. Let the execs at Google know how you feel... We can stop online exploitation of women and girls. Let's get Google Adwords to change their accept policy for advertisers. See this important report from the Council of Europe: "Trafficking and Human Beings Internet Recruitment."

    14. We've Hit 300! Join us to make Google Accountable for illegal ads!

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      We're building steam.

      Please place our petition widget on your site to let others know.

      Join us to stop illegal human trafficking ads on Google Adwords.

    15. Internet ads are heavily involved with the sex-trafficking industry

      WNN - Women News Network
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      A detailed study on sex-trafficking in the US finds: "A frequent mention about workers in the sex industry is that their clients respond to Internet ads; the workers then take these clients to a motel or a “safe house” to perform the services."

    16. Reached 250 signatures
    17. Using New Media to Fight Global Human Trafficking

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      "New media is already seeing good use on websites such as www.change.org, which launches petitions and shares news and information to draw attention to human trafficking issues."

      - "Trafficking in Persons Report (June) 2011," US State Department.

    18. We are moving ahead!

      WNN - Women News Network
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      Petition letters are now reaching the top level of Google Inc. Thanks for joining us to stem illegal activity on the web. It's time that Google Adwords ads develop stronger "allow" and "disallow" policies to prevent illegal sex-trafficking.

    19. VIDEOS: The CNN Freedom Project - Ending Modern Day Slavery

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      The CNN Freedom Project is telling new stories on human trafficking worldwide. How does this happen? Take a look. . .

    20. Reached 100 signatures
    21. Thank you for signing this important petition!

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      This petition reaches the highest desks at Google. Each petition signature sends your email letter directly to Google Inc. executives. Online "sexploitation" of women worldwide needs our immediate attention and our combined efforts to stop! Join us!

    22. Reached 5 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • karen bowen MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 27 days ago

      I'm sick of women n girls being abused n demoralised by men

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    • Patricia Marie Mitchell LEAF RIVER, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      I get tired of seeing ads with underage girls, actually any age, offering their "services", it's not good business for google or anyone else and it's disgusting!

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    • Colleen LOOMIS WATERLOO, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      For many, many, many, many reasons!

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    • Amanda George NEW YORK, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I cannot abide the suffering of innocents.

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    • Karen Morris NEW YORK, NY
      • 5 months ago

      People are not for profit.

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