InfraGard National Members Alliance, a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)-affiliated nonprofit organization, and NEC Corporation of America have joined forces in the fight against human trafficking. In honor of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, NEC will support educational programs that promote awareness and prevention of this crime.
The partnership between the InfraGard National Members Alliance and NEC will support critical programs to fight human trafficking, foster information-sharing between the public and private sectors, and strengthen community resilience.
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, many adults and children are trafficked worldwide, with more than 1,700 pending FBI cases as of January 5, 2022. Approximately 95% of the FBI’s human trafficking cases involve sex trafficking, and the remainder involves labor trafficking. It is also estimated that more than 24.9 million people — adults and children — are subjected to human trafficking worldwide, including in the United States.
“Human trafficking is a threat to not only public safety and national security, but to the dignity and worth of all human life,” said Maureen O’Connell, President, InfraGard National Members Alliance. “Law enforcement and the private sector must work together to raise awareness about the atrocities being committed in cities and neighborhoods across America. We are incredibly grateful to NEC Corporation of America for demonstrating such leadership, commitment and generosity in supporting InfraGard National Members Alliance. By shining a light on human trafficking, we can take this crime out of the shadows and protect the most vulnerable.”