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Germany busts international child porn site used by 400,000

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German prosecutors announced Monday they have busted one of the world's biggest international darknet platforms for child pornography, used by more than 400,000 registered members.

Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement together with the Federal Criminal Police Office that in mid-April three German suspects, said to be the administrators of the “Boystown” platform, were arrested along with a German user. One of the three main suspects was arrested in Paraguay.

They also searched seven buildings in connection with the porn ring in mid-April in Germany.

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

Prosecutors wrote that they found “images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers” among the photos and video material.

A German police task force investigated the platform, its administrators and users for months in cooperation with Europol and law enforcement authorities from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the United States and Canada, the statement said.

The three main suspects were a 40-year-old man from Paderborn, a 49-year-old man from Munich and a 58-year-old man from northern Germany who had been living in Paraguay for many years, the prosecutors' statement said. They worked as administrators of the site and gave advice to members on how to evade law enforcement when using the platform for illegal child pornography.

A fourth suspect, a 64-year-old man from Hamburg, is accused of being one of the most active users of the platform having allegedly uploaded more than 3,500 posts.

Germany has requested the extradition of the suspect who was arrested in Paraguay.

No names were given in line with Germany privacy regulations.

After the raids in mid-April, the online platform was shut down.

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Frankfurt prosecutors said in a statement together with the Federal Criminal Police Office that in mid-April three German suspects, said to be the administrators of the “Boystown” platform, were arrested along with a German user. One of the three main suspects was arrested in Paraguay.

It is mind-boggling that it is even possible that so many people could be part of a social group that preys on boys? What kind of people would sexualize and objectify young males - and there is 400k involved? It’s reprehensible.

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This kind of police work should be applauded and supported.

- “A German police task force investigated the platform, in cooperation with Europol and law enforcement authorities from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the United States and Canada. -

Get these monsters quick before they attempt to destroy more evidence!

- “The platform was “one of the world's biggest child pornography darknet platforms” active since 2019. Pedophiles used it to exchange and watch pornography of children from all over the world. Prosecutors wrote that they found “images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers” among the photos and video material.” -

Yes, they are “Monsters”.

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Is Japan cooperating with the investigations?

“The platform was “one of the world's biggest child pornography darknet platforms” active since 2019. Pedophiles used it to exchange and watch pornography of children from all over the world. Prosecutors wrote that they found “images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers” among the photos and video material.” -

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Good !!..

Execute them ASAP !!..

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Execute them ASAP !!..

That inhuman. Castrations

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Colonize Mars with them.

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It is without doubt the TOR, browser technology is a methodology to counter against network surveillance.

However, TOR software development/communication tools, circumvention configuration has enable/allowed the most depraved sexual exploitation of children to flourish.

Examples have to be made, a determined global response to prevent these despicable appalling inhuman crimes against vulnerable children.   

Locking up and throwing away the key. 

And in the most extreme convictions, physical and well as chemically induced countermeasures to protect the present/potential future victims.

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Good and good riddance!

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Good job !

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Excellent.

Wonder how many of these vermin are people in high places? Wouldn't be surprised if there are a few among them. Funny how a bit of blackmail can get people to do some things against the best interests of the public, such as voting for/against a law, banning/promoting certain substances... Bet there are plenty of cockroaches scurrying for cover right now.

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My lack of IT knowledge is very probably on show here, but can’t we find more efficient ways of identifying and taking down these foul platforms? Is lack of people working on this the problem? Is needle in a haystack an accurate analogy?

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Is Japan cooperating with the investigations?

I doubt it! They would have to admit that there is a problem, first.

Japan is probably a hotbed of pedophiles. The difference is Japanese culture still appreciates CDs, VHS and physical photography. It is harder nowadays to catch these types of criminals who are still using low tech methods.

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Tip of the iceberg. Keeping going, doing a great job

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The worst of the worst are the folks that rape and abuse children. May the sledgehammer of justice fall heavy on those associated and those caught. If that sledgehammer fails, then the people need to deal with the individuals.

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Good catch, I would like to know how they found them though.

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Child porn feeds the dark, shameful reptilian part of our warped primate brain, unacceptable in a civilized society and which must be resisted, if necessary, by strong measures like these taken by the German police. Those miserable wretches found guilty deserve severe punishment and/or psychiatric treatment.

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Well, looks like Matt Gaetz has another worry....

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Well, looks like Matt Gaetz has another worry....

Hmmm...seems that was another failed and fluke allegation that turned out to be another dud.

Child porn feeds the dark, shameful reptilian part of our warped primate brain, unacceptable in a civilized society and which must be resisted, if necessary, by strong measures like these taken by the German police. Those miserable wretches found guilty deserve severe punishment and/or psychiatric treatment.

No doubt, but it’s a huge problem in countries like Russia, Netherlands, Germany, US, Mexico and other East European countries that are just so slow in controlling this disgusting and sick behavior. Every time they try and shut a site down, others pop up somewhere else, it’s all about supply and demand that keep these sicko’s in power.

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They should publish the names of every registered member

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Hmmm...seems that was another failed and fluke allegation that turned out to be another dud.

Given Gaetz is still under investigation, there is no way you could know whether the investigation is a dud.

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Given Gaetz is still under investigation, there is no way you could know whether the investigation is a dud.

Unless Gaetz’s is a pedophile and homosexual I don’t see how this story has anything to do with him.

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Unless Gaetz’s is a pedophile and homosexual I don’t see how this story has anything to do with him.

The investigation(s) will bear this out.

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@wolfpack

Unless Gaetz’s is a pedophile and homosexual I don’t see how this story has anything to do with him.

If being under investigation for paying a 17 year-old for sex is pedophilia then the answer is yes.

Ironically, Q anon and the other trump/GOP supporters have been claiming that there is cabal of pedophiles in politics that will be exposed by trump, and the suspects or convicted criminals seem to all have connections to Republicans including trump!

LOL!

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The investigation(s) will bear this out.

And probably come up with another dud.

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