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Encyclopedia > Operation Avalanche (child pornography)
For other events called Operation Avalanche, see Operation Avalanche.

Operation Avalanche was a major U.S. investigation of child pornography on the internet. Launched in 1999, it was made public in early August 2001 when over one hundred arrests were made. So many computers were confiscated during the raids that a backlog was created leading to a series of additional arrests over the next several years as more and more names of suspects were revealed. Followed in the United Kingdom by Operation Ore.


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#08-08-01: Attorney General Prepared Remarks Operation Avalanche Press Conference [NOTE: THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OFTEN ... (912 words)
More than merely another successfully prosecuted case, Operation Avalanche stands as a model of federal, state and local cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and most importantly prevention of the sexual exploitation of children.
These offenders leverage the technology and anonymity of the internet to trade and produce child pornography, explore their sexual interest in children, and to identify youth susceptible to manipulation and exploitation.
Today, we are announcing the results of Operation Avalanche -- a first of its kind initiative involving unprecedented cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement.
2001 Annual Report of Investigations - Child Exploitation (1200 words)
Use of the mail to traffic in child pornography, or otherwise sexually exploit children, continues to be a significant problem.
Child molesters and pornographers often use the Internet to seek potential victims, communicate with like-minded individuals and locate sources of child pornography.
Operation Avalanche began in 1999, when Postal Inspectors found that a husband and wife in Ft. Worth, TX, were using a Web site to advertise and distribute child pornography.
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