(Washington Times) More than 120 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents during an international operation aimed at rescuing victims and targeting those who own, trade and produce images of child pornography, ICE Director John Morton said Thursday.

Forty-four children were directly rescued from their abusers and 79 others were identified as either being exploited by others outside of their home or are now adults who were victimized as children.

“Operation Sunflower,” launched in November to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the identification of a sunflower-shaped highway road sign that led to the rescue of an 11-year-old girl in Kansas, continued through the first week of December, but victim identification and rescue efforts continue, Mr. Morton said.

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