“The black market is a $464 billion a year business, and it's growing. Criminals get rich from illegal trade by stealing money from essential services used by all Americans. Instead of helping taxpayers, that money funds criminals who traffic in drugs, apparel, medications, tobacco, wildlife, and even people. These groups exploit governments and citizens, manipulate financial systems, spur corruption, and cultivate instability and violence that threatens our communities.
The criminal organizations that run the black market are entrepreneurial and agile. When the world scrambled for COVID personal protective equipment, these shadowy networks jumped to meet that demand with counterfeit goods. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, online counterfeited goods have jumped nearly 40%. In today’s hyper connected world—with growing concerns around global security and the surge of new digital tools—broad public-private cooperation is vital to tackle illegal trade.
That’s why USA-IT is proud to bring together national and state brand enforcement experts, law enforcement agencies, and leading business organizations—such as Crime Stoppers USA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—to crackdown on those illegally profiteering off Americans’ wealth and security.
No one government or single industry can address this complex problem on its own. With private and public sectors working together, we can combine each other’s expertise to fight illegal trade and promote the security and prosperity of our communities.”
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Crime Stoppers USA is the national Crime Stoppers organization that spans the United States to create a network of local programs that work together to prevent and solve crimes in communities and schools across the nation.
To establish Crime Stoppers as the Premier Community Based Crime Solving Program in the United States.
To develop innovative resources and partnerships that promote Crime Stoppers throughout the United States.