Lawmakers question Google's role in human trafficking
Rep. Marsha Blackburn weighs in
- Duration 4:44
- Date Apr 21, 2012
Rep. Marsha Blackburn weighs in
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It's human trafficking the UN estimates two and a half million people are bought and sold every year.
And it's happening here.
Some members of congress looking into the issue were focusing on -- very unlikely suspect.
Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn joins us now thank you for being with us congresswoman.
Good to be with you thank you are right what prompted your concern into the issue world.
Google its advertising practices.
And human trafficking.
We have a heard from many of the human rights organization similar organizations that work with women and children.
And -- expressed their concerns they wrote to the attorneys in general.
Last month highlighting with -- some of their concerns about what is taking place online.
And judge it's not just Google they do have the largest footprint and -- system.
But it is all of our on not blind companies and the entire virtual marketplace.
We -- we have a concern and the reason for writing to Google.
Is it because they didn't have that that largest footprint in the ecosystem of the virtual marketplace.
All right Ed and I should -- here that Google -- responded to our request about you're in Corey.
And they say we -- ads for sex trafficking child pornography and prostitution.
We've invested millions of dollars and monitoring and enforcing this spam.
Using the latest technology as well as manual review by teams were specially trained.
To get bad ads and bad advertisers off Google.
But congresswoman let me ask you this at your letter though is to Larry Page -- CEO of Google.
And not the other advertisers is -- anything in the history of Google the -- issues focuses your attention and congress' attention on them.
Well we do know that Google recently putt paid a fine.
For pharmacies in -- -- marketing counterfeit pharmaceuticals into the United States.
And while we're trying to do is to make certain.
And then busy market place.
And that vendors that are in that market -- are policing this we want to -- -- representative Maloney and I have four things.
In our letter that weird pointing out that we want to make sure up first of all -- what are they doing to make certain these ads it do not gat.
On line and -- they are not that the public is not being exposed to this and secondly.
What are they doing internally to prohibit this plot -- their policies and procedures.
Start what are they doing to training -- they -- sales -- so that they are able to go through a vetting process.
And then -- if they have the profited.
Front make any of these ads and that had been pointed out by the human rights organization to.
The attorneys generals then how are they going to disgorge themselves.
These -- how are these ads you know posted I mean if you're looking for a human sex slave.
And you're concerned about Google and their affiliation waited posting ads for human trafficking I mean how those -- -- posted.
This is one of the questions that we are asking in our letter let us know.
Inform -- what is the policy what is the way that you are handling this internally.
So that -- says that provisions that are provided in the physical market place.
The protections that have been there for individuals and the physical market place.
Are going to be they -- in the virtual marketplace and congresswoman have you heard from Larry Page.
At it in and if I -- -- or not.
As of today I have not but we are looking forward to their response -- looking forward.
I to hearing from Dan and making sure and that we can.
Be proactive and they asked if Larry Page does not respond to this what -- you do what will congress do.
I I think think you're just going in you're going to see us continuing again to work within the industry needs to take the lead and this judge.
And aware looking forward to our responds as the -- it.
All of the advertisers -- -- the Internet service providers that are there.
In order for us to make certain that we retain a vital.
And vibrant Internet economy we want to make certain -- -- safe for every one all right thank you so much congresswoman.
We're gonna -- following this issue and we appreciate your being with us this evening.