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Child Pornography Web Reaches into Minnesota

Sun, 01/06/2013 - 7:00pm

By Allie Shah

ShutterstockAn international investigation that reached a Minnesota fishing resort has rescued more than 100 children from sexual exploitation, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced.

Some 245 people were arrested in the recent multi-nation sting called "Operation Sunflower," named after the Kansas highway signs that led agents to one of the first victims.

The operation wrapped up in December and targeted people who owned, traded and produced images of child pornography — often over the Internet.

A photo in a computer folder labeled "Minnesota Trip" led a local ICE agent to a fishing resort near Richville, then, in turn, to the arrest and conviction last month of an Illinois woman on child pornography charges.

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Source: Star Tribune

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