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Germany Busts International Child Porn Site Used by 400,000 Registered Members

By CNSNews.com Staff Writer | May 4, 2021 | 4:22pm EDT
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German prosecutors and federal police officers released a statement on Monday that they had arrested four people in mid-April for operating an international child pornography website that was used by "more than 400,000 registered members," reported the Associated Press.

Some of the images found in the investigation showed the "most severe sexual abuse of toddlers," said the prosecutors.

The online platform was named "Boystown." 

"The authorities said the platform was 'one of the world’s biggest child pornography darknet platforms' and had been active at least since 2019," reported the AP.  "Pedophiles used it to exchange and watch pornography of children and toddlers, most of them boys, from all over the world."

“The platform had several forums and chats — the illegal pictures and videos were kept in the forums; in the chats, the members could communicate,” prosecutor Julia Bussweiler said. “There were several language channels to facilitate the communication.”

Four men were arrested in Germany and one person in Paraguay. The persons arrested were a 40-year-old man from Paderborn, Germany; a 49-year-old man from Munich; a 58-year-old man from northern Germany; and a 64-year-old man from Hamburg. 

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The man from Hamburg " is accused of being one of the most active users of the platform having allegedly uploaded more than 3,500 posts," said the AP. Details on the person arrested in Paraguay have not yet been revealed. 

Because of privacy rules in Germany, no names were disclosed. 

“This investigative success has a clear message: Those who assault the weakest aren’t safe anywhere,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. ”That’s what investigators work for day and night, online and offline, globally.”

“We’ll do everything within our power to protect the kids from these disgusting crimes,” he added.

h/t Associated Press 

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