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They dismantle one of the largest child pornography forums in the world: it had 400 thousand members

2021-05-03T19:47:21.050Z

The platform had existed since 2019. All of the detainees are German, one resided in Paraguay. 05/03/2021 15:13 Clarín.com World Updated 05/03/2021 3:13 PM With the arrest of four German suspects, one of them hiding in Paraguay, the German police announced on Monday the dismantling of one of the largest child pornography networks in the world. The dismantling of the "Boystown" platform, which had existed on the deep web since 2019 and had more than 400,000 members , occurred in mid-April



05/03/2021 15:13

  • Clarín.com

  • World

Updated 05/03/2021 3:13 PM

With the arrest of four German suspects, one of them hiding in Paraguay, the German police announced on Monday the dismantling of

one of the largest child pornography networks in

the world.

The dismantling of the "Boystown" platform, which had existed on the deep web since 2019 and

had more than 400,000 members

, occurred in mid-April and four suspects were arrested, according to a police statement.

The "deep web" refers to the set of sites and web pages and databases that the usual search engines, such as Google, Mozilla Firefox and others, cannot find and therefore do not index in their engines.

It is used to traffic drugs, weapons and child pornography.

"The platform

had an international reach

and was used for the exchange of child pornography among its members," the statement issued by the AFP agency clarified.

The contents, which

included videos and photos

, included "images of serious sexual abuse against very young children," police said.

Four Germans arrested 

Three Germans were arrested in their country

after an investigation of several months by a special unit of the German Police, under the coordination of the European Police Office (Europol) and with the collaboration of the Dutch, Swedish, Australian, American and Canadian police. .

A fourth suspect, also German, was arrested in Paraguay - where he resides - at the request of the Berlin authorities.

An international arrest warrant weighed on this man, for which he will possibly be handed over to the German authorities in the next few days.


Three of the detainees,

aged 40, 49 and 58

, are suspected of "having been the administrators of the child pornography platform."

In addition to taking over the management of the network, they also did "the monitoring of customers," said the police.


Eva Kühne-Hörmann, Minister of Justice for the German region of Hesse, called the operation "a fantastic success in the fight against sexual violence against minors".

In recent years, Germany has dismantled several of these criminal networks.

Source agencies

AFG


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