2008 child pornography raid

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The 2008 child pornography raid occurred in February 2008, when authorities around the globe raided the homes of suspects in possession of child pornography in the U.S. states of Virginia, Florida, Oregon, Indiana, Texas, Connecticut, Washington, California, Idaho and North Carolina, as well as in Australia, Canada, Germany and England. Altogether 14 US citizens, who were part of a well-organized child porn ring, were arrested, the FBI and United States Department of Justice announced on March 4, 2008.

The "vast child exploitation enterprise" that included graphic images, such as ones showing toddlers engaged in various sexual and sadistic acts, had traded in child porn since 2006. It may take years for authorities to find the victims--only 20 of the children seen in the images have been identified and rescued so far.

If found guilty, suspects could face sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment.[1]