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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:55 PM

Operation Sunflower-245 arrested in U.S.-led child sex abuse operation

Washington (CNN) -- An international operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement aimed at child pornography and sexual abuse has resulted in the arrest of 245 suspects, officials announced Thursday. All but 23 of the suspects were apprehended in the United States.

The agency said that during the course of Operation Sunflower, law enforcement officers identified 123 victims of child exploitation and removed 44 of those children from their alleged abusers with whom they were living. The other cases involved victims who were exploited by people outside their homes or children who were harmed years ago and are now adults.

Several of the children were shockingly young. Five were under age 3. Nine were between the ages of 4 and 6. Of the 123 victims, 110 lived in the United States in 19 different states. ICE officials did not identify the six other countries where victims were identified or where some of the arrests were made, citing the need to work discreetly with international law enforcement partners.
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Morton said ICE works with other law enforcement agencies and with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to look for clues in the pictures of abuse to identify where the acts occurred and track down the victims and perpetrators.

The name Operation Sunflower was chosen to commemorate a case from 2011 in which Danish law enforcement officials shared images and chat board information about a 16-year-old boy who allegedly planned to rape an 11-year-old girl. One image taken from a moving car showed a road sign with a sunflower on it. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations determined that the road sign was unique to Kansas. Agents were then able to find the exact stretch of road where the picture was taken and to locate the girl.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/03/us/ice-child-abuse-arrests/

Thank gawd ICE and others are concentrating on this rather than using all their time and resources on dubious investigations.
These people need o be locked up until the end of time. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 01:27 PM

1. What in THE HELL

is wrong with people. 5 of them were under 3 years old? 9 were between 4 and 6? My God there are some horrible, horrible people in this world.

I agree - lock them up and throw away the key, because anyone that sick isn't going to get better and sure as hell doesn't need to have another opportunity to do something so heinous ever again.

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:00 PM

2. Link to a thread on this from yesterday in LBN

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014355618

Just the tip of the iceberg is right.

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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:49 PM

3. when i see stuff like this

...I often wonder if my exhusband was involved. He was slapped on the hand for possesion of child porn back in 05, and should have been put on the sex offender registry IMO. He had 175+ files on the computer, categorized by age, act, sex, etc...is was horrible to find. That was right after I left him and started digging on my computer. My daughter was 2, and he had just bought her a life size doll for her bday....guess what he was going to teach her with it?
I am so glad we escaped...but I still think he should be locked up and not able to live near schools, bus stops, etc... creep!

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