June 8th, 2012
10:36 AM ET

18 rescued in child pornography raids, feds say

Eighteen victims of child pornography were rescued during a nationwide sweep by federal law enforcement agencies, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday.

The sweep, dubbed Operation Orion, resulted in the arrests of 190 individuals, most of which were in the U.S. but included arrests in Argentina, the Philippines, Spain and the United Kingdom, ICE said in a press release. The operation took place from May 1 to May 31.

"Let this operation be a warning to anyone who would think they can use the Internet to exploit children: we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted," ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.

Morton said as children begin summer vacations, parents should pay extra attention to how much time they spend on the Internet.

"Many of the child exploitation cases under Operation Orion began with a child or teen chatting with someone he or she met online," Morton said in the statement.

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  1. Almayce

    impressive to actually rescue the victims and not just nail the perpetrators. Well done.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • dzonhz

      reading comprehension fail

      June 8, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. oOoOoO

    Thats good news but what a statment from the ICE Director ""we are out there looking for you, we will find you, and you will be prosecuted"

    I think he has been watching a particular Liam Neeson a bit too much

    June 8, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Teresa

    Thank god they saved the children and caught the sick perpurtrators.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    Thank God!!!!! These creeps who prey on children need to to be locked up for life.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

      Yea well … what is god doing about all the ones they didn’t catch?

      June 8, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      These sick priests were hiding behind their imaginary "god".

      June 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      when will the AUTHORITIES start arresting priests?

      June 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    Save us all the time of a trial, take the perverts out behind the court house and hang them

    June 8, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Toy Soldiers

    This is but one single drop in a much larger pond of s@xual abuse around the world.
    Operation Orion was overseen by HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit in Washington.
    Last fiscal year, HSI initiated more than 3,000 cases into child exploitation and made 1,455 arrests. In that same year, the HSI Computer Forensics Program examined the equivalent of 16.5 million filing cabinets of data related to child exploitation cases.
    The Child Exploitation Investigations Unit investigates the trans-border, large-scale production and distribution of images of child abuse, as well as individuals who travel abroad to engage in s@x with minors. The unit employs the latest technology to collect evidence and track the activities of individuals and organized groups who s@xually exploit children through the use of websites, chat rooms, newsgroups and peer-to-peer trading.
    These investigative activities are organized under Operation Predator, a program managed by the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Keksi

    Are these Muslims???

    June 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Saleem

      Yes Keksi.....they were all Muslims. (insert eye roll here)

      June 8, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Toy Soldiers

      The majority of arrests were made throughout the United States, but also included arrests in Spain, the Philippines, Argentina and the United Kingdom.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • bigfire01

      They are majority Xtians...

      June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Skeptic

    Reuters and other news agencies reported on his last night at 9 p.m. Why is CNN so breathlessly pulling up the rear on this, especially with Banner headlines suggesting a major bust rather than the routine release of agency statistics? This doesn't reflect very good journalism.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jason

    Now when someone says, "do you have any experience in acting?" they can say YES!!!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Keep up the good work!
    I am glad they rescued the victims, also.

    June 8, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. freshnewblog

    I am glad to know that it, as teenagers being unscrupulous rather than the worse.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shelly

    Does this count as child labor as well?

    June 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Earl

      Really? Your contribution was "does this count as child labor" – was this supposed to be funny? If so, it fell like a lead balloon. Stupid.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shelly

    Do they still have to take s@x education in school?

    June 8, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Earl

      I see- a mindless troll.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • clepto

      shelly...when reality hits you...i hope it mows you over like a 12 ton mack truck....same goes to jason up there...

      June 8, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big_D

    Good job ICE!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. cspark

    Why are the perps' names kept secret?

    June 8, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      perhaps to protect them from vigilante justice? hmm... that is an interesting idea.

      June 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
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