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The Wonderland Club was an international child pornography ring operating over the Internet. It was broken up by the multi-national Operation Cathedral, with arrests on September 1, 1998. Seven United Kingdom UK-based men were convicted for their part in the ring in 2001. The term child pornography (sometimes referred to as kiddie porn) generally refers to pornography featuring a child; however, the precise definition of pornography and child varies by region and country. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

One reason for the high profile of the Wonderland Club was the unusually high number of images involved: 750,000 images with 1,200 unique identifiable faces. Despite substantial work by many of the agencies involved only a very small number of those appearing in the images have been identified. An indeterminate number of the images may be faked or virtual images. Others are thought to be relatively innocous images of young children, but there are also images of children being actively abused.

The international and highly organised nature of the ring, as well as the large numbers of images involved, has led the Wonderland Club to be the poster child for the anti-pornography movement and for a number of pieces of anti-child pornography legislation. The phrase poster child originally referred to a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes; she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy. However, the term is usually used metaphorically, meaning a shining example or model of its... Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφία pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) (also informally referred to as porn, porno, and more recently, pr0n) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ...

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