U.S. federal agents have arrested 245 suspects in an international investigation of child pornography.
The head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, John Morton, said Thursday that authorities rescued 123 sexually abused children, some as young as three years old.
Morton calls child exploitation a wrong among wrongs. He said a relentless fight against such crimes is the only answer and said his agency will do everything it can to rescue the victims and prosecute the abusers.
Morton gave few details of the investigation, called “Operation Sunflower,” or the other countries involved.
JOHN MORTON, DIRECTOR, U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:
“Let me also say that these rescues highlight the depth and global nature of this problem. I am deeply appreciative of the assistance we received from so many foreign and local law enforcement agencies in making them.”
“The grim reality is that on-line child exploitation is a very real part of our modern lives. It is going on throughout the world right now on a grand scale. My friends, we have to attack child exploitation relentlessly and together.”