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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:35 AM

US nabs hundreds in global child-porn probe

Source: Aljazeera Global News

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Sunflower", was part of ICE's effort to find and rescue victims, and arrest abusers and people who make or transmit child pornography.

The victims ranged in age from less than one to 17 years old. Morton said 44 of the victims were living with their accused abusers.

ICE's director, John Morton said his team found 110 victims in 19 US states, while the others were living in six countries elsewhere.

"We arrested 245 people on criminal charges of child exploitation, 222 in the United States and 23 people overseas," Morton said.

Morton declined to provide specific details about which foreign countries were involved, saying only that there were some cases in Mexico.

Morton said the Internet has allowed pornographic images produced in one country to be shared quickly around the world, sometimes in real time as the abuse occurred.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/01/20131483030699943.html

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