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Police Take Down World's Largest Online Child Porn Network with '400,000 Members'

Main suspects arrested and accused of running global sex abuse empire

 on 3rd May 2021 @ 5.00pm
german authorities shut down the network and arrested three main suspects © press
German authorities shut down the network and arrested three main suspects

Police in Germany have shut down the world's largest online child porn empire with a global network of over "400,000 members," according to reports.

German authorities confirmed they have arrested four suspects accused of running the sex abuse site known as BOYSTOWN that is only accessible via the so-called Darkweb.

The pedophile network has only existed since July 2019 and was used for the worldwide exchange of materials showing children being sexually abused.

Investigators in the United States, Canada, and Europe spent months probing the network and those behind it.

During series of raids last month, police arrested three main suspects along with a fourth man.

The fourth suspect is accused of being one of the main suppliers of videos and images to the online network.

the site was operating on the darkweb and had over  400 000 members © press
The site was operating on the Darkweb and had over '400,000 members'

Officers say the main suspects are a 40-year-old from Paderborn, a 49-year-old from Munich, and a 58-year-old from northern Germany.

All three had been living in Paraguay for many years and are accused of operating the site.

The fourth man, a 64-year-old from Hamburg, is accused of uploading more than 3,500 images and videos to the site since becoming a member in 2019 - making him one of the most prolific contributors.

The site was designed to allow the international exchange of child abuse material by its members, federal police said in a statement.

The darknet forum allowed users to communicate with others and share graphic images and video content which included "serious sexual abuse of toddlers," the statement said.

The site and its members were mainly focusing on the abuse of young boys.

"Among the images and video recordings shared were also recordings of the most severe sexual abuse of young children," prosecutors said. 

german police arrest 4 main suspects during a series of raids last month © press
German police arrest 4 main suspects during a series of raids last month

Members were also able to speak with one another via chat areas of the website and voice channels.

Officers say the three main suspects also provided members with instructions on anonymous surfing to minimize the risk of detection. 

The site was detected by a task force set up in Germany.

The operation was also aided by investigators in the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the United States, and Canada. 

Following the raids and arrests, the BOYSTOWN platform has been taken down, police added.

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