At least eight children who were being allegedly exploited were rescued and North Carolina officials simultaneously announced the arrests of 23 suspects.
"I am proud that an investigation that began here in North Carolina has resulted in such a positive impact across the country, and even abroad," Martin said. "This case is an example of the effective local, state, and federal law enforcement partnerships required to fully combat online child sexual exploitation."
Officials said that in one instance, a man was quickly arrested and his 14-year-old daughter was rescued from an abusive situation. Another person was arrested on an oil rig in the North Sea, and his 5-year-old daughter was also rescued.
A suspect who pleaded guilty to transportation of child pornography was also sentenced Wednesday, authorities said.
Earlier this week, U.S. Marshals announced that 25 children were rescued as part of an operation with Ohio officials.
The victims are aged between 13 and 18, and some were located as far away as Miami, authorities told local news outlets.