An international task force has shut down several large dark web chat sites as well as a large-scale dark web child sexual abuse platform. According to An announcement According to the German Federal Office for the Fight against Internet Crime (ZIT), “Boystown” had 400,000 registered users and was “one of the most advanced child sexual abuse platforms in Europe on the Dark Web.” Four suspects, all German nationals, have been linked to the site.
The task force, led by the German Federal Criminal Police (Bundescriminalmult), included law enforcement agencies from Europe, as well as Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States (FBI and ICE).
Investigators say the site has been running since at least June 2012. It was “internationally based” with various language channels, and was primarily used to exchange images and videos. Abuse of boys.
Two suspected founders and administrators were reportedly arrested in Germany and the New York Times in mid-April. Report The third is awaiting extradition to Paraguay. Police also arrested a 4-year-old man, believed to be one of the most active members of the site, with more than 3,500 posts. The New York Times reports that Germany recently doubled its maximum penalty for spreading child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to 10 years, but the maximum penalty for child abuse is 15 years.
Inside An announcement, Europol was ultimately reflected in the fact that the site showed how quickly criminals are able to disperse and regroup to escape law enforcement. “This case illustrates what Europe sees as the crime of sexual abuse of children: child criminal communities online on the dark web show considerable resilience in response to law enforcement activities targeting them.” “Their responses include reviving old communities, establishing new communities and working hard to organize and manage them.”
In 2017, Europol, working with German law enforcement agents, Off ৮ CS is a CSAM site with over 1,000 users. Dutch, US and German officials, including Europe, last year Off A site that has been live since 2012 and hosted 2,000 images and videos Of Child sexual abuse. In March 2021, Europol Announcement That it worked with Belgian authorities to find 90 suspects linked to the nine million images found in a house raid.
Europol plans to use the data to identify victims, and the press release promises that “more arrests and rescues will be expected worldwide.”