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. Toy Soldiers

    Let me make it clear how massive this problem is.
    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.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • exCONsrvt

      Just think how much money, effort and abuse could have been avoided if those parents had done their job.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Boseph Heyden

      One is one too many. Sweep away, boys.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. micheal brown

    can only hope that they catch all that are invovled they would have connections around the world everywhere that is how they all work i bet when they check all their computors their will be people from all parts of the world just other than those countries mentioned give them all the death penalty no matter what country they live as this is a crime every country should have as and written into their laws pedophiles will die by death of the law as our children are the most presious things in the world and those who harm them need the death penalty given to them

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

      While child exploitation is horrible, you state children are our most precious things? I highly disagree, this world is for adults.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ah292801

      Please take a world cultures class. Children are not "most precious" for all cultures. . .

      June 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • aqua

      @bigfire: Hello? When we abuse our children, we get ignorant and/or damaged adults who do more damage in the world. Our most precious people are those who are not yet grown and need to be protected. Adults like you are examples of the kind we don't need: selfish beyond thinking.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • bigfire01

      @aqua – Don't get dramatic with me. You and I agree that exploitation of ANY type is bad. But to put children on an alter is ridiculous at best. I am not selfish. The world is for adults. Children are replaceable.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • aqua

      What bigfire and others don't seem to realize is that those rescued children are in danger of becoming adults that abuse. Those abusers were abused as children. It's a vicious circle. I do not excuse the abusers, but most of them were severely damaged as children. As adults it's our responsibility to overcome and refrain from acting on any abuse done to us as chidlren, but very few people even try. All children are not equally damaged by the same abuse, and some do work to overcome it, so it's impossible to compare those who have been abused and say any exact outcome is a given, but abused children are usually the ones who abuse as adults.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • bigfire01

      @Aqua – you seem to prefer to tell me what you think I do not know – i.e. abused children grow up to possibly further abuse – I do. so get off your high horse. People like you make me think that adult such as you, are incapable of looking at a situation responsibly and you get emotional, then all your further discussion is ruined because you think you are more caring towards a particular group.

      June 8, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      I think someone that says "The world is for adults. Children are replaceable." has little right to claim other people are being dramatic.
      I will also suggest that maybe you are not a parent.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigfire01

      Very glad to see the Feds doing some great work. Go get the bad people.

      June 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sofia

      Hi Michael,,,, i feel the same as you....what I don't understand is why our society isn't doing anything about it.....we should evaluate the cases and it should be standard procedure in each country,,,,death once sentence is given and weither it be a priest, judge or politician,,,,it doesn't matter. I would even do the dirty deed myself if proven by the court.....just wanted to share.

      June 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • pm ohio

      Less than 100 years ago, Americans regularly wed thier daughters as soon as the were "women". A widower would marry a 13/14 year old because he needed someone at home to take care of the kids, cook, clean...Our garndparents idn't think sneding thier 13 year old daughter off to a total stranger to be married. Many other countries and culture advocate teen girls marrying. Not saying it was/is right, just stating the facts. Now thier grandchildren want to kill all the purps. Our society wants to solve all of our problems with violence. That will be the end of our society.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. karen

    I think that its great that they have been arrested, but for how long. They are never going to change. They need to be done away with , then that would send a message to the others.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son.

    Because the Vatican ponied up the cash.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. TODAY

    just get rid of them forever...they are garbage and they belong there

    June 8, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. clepto

    prosecute?? i say execute....

    June 8, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ray Hammond

    String the twisted sub-humans up for the world to see, then go after them ALL and exterminate them like the roaches they are!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Sounds like you spend a lot of time thinking of groups to declare subhuman you can kill them. That's not healthy, dude.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yuri

    we should have the labor camps for all convicted child abusers. These kids are being scarred for life and responsible ones should get a life in labor camp with money going to their victims for life. And its free to taxpayers.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Realityblowz

    Give them a fair trial, then put them to death.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Uh, usually for "fair trials" you don't get amped about the penalty and plan to kill the accused in advance, LOL. You may have to look into what "fair trials" mean.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M Jenkins-Cohen

    It's great that ICE can grab some headlines, but the sad part is they want large and immeidate busts. There are thousands of cases that are not as wide reaching as this one, but are just as tragic for the victims. Try looking just south of the border where pedophiles from both the U.S. and Canda find exploitation of children is easier. ICE has had little or no effect in curbing this due to the fact that these are smaller cases, or so they have stated. But is it not the smaller one that lead to the larger busts? Iceberg theory?

    June 8, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. andy_txn

    Best money spent by our government, go catch more, a lot more.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ray Hammond

    String these sub-humans up for the world to see, then go after ALL of these bottom feeders and exterminate them ALL!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • sofia

      I'm with you Ray,,,,,,feel very strongly about it , wish we could arrange to have it done too !!!!

      June 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David M

    Spare no expense to get them and put them away. I would rather see billions spent doing this than spent on useless wars.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hmmmmm!

    Our law sucks. These criminals should be hanged.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Leo

    It seems like the punishment for these disgusting crimes is not severe enough. What special determent could our law makers come up with ? What laws we have now are not good enough.

    June 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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