Prosecutors say they have found images of the “most serious sexual abuse of toddlers” on the dark net platform.
Four people have been arrested after raids in Germany. File photo
One of the world’s largest international dark net platforms for child sexual abuse images has been detained with more than 400,000 users, German prosecutors said.
Four suspects from Germany were arrested in connection with the “Boys town” dark net site, which pedophiles used to exchange and view indecent images of children and toddlers from around the world, authorities said.
Frankfurt prosecutors said they found images of “the most serious sexual abuse of toddlers” among photos and video material on the platform, which has been active since at least 2019.
Three suspects, who were allegedly the administrators of the online platform , were arrested in mid-April along with an alleged prolific user of the site.
One of the suspects has been arrested in Paraguay.
Authorities said their investigation related to “one of the world’s largest dark net child pornography platforms”.
A German police task force has spent months investigating the platform, its administrators and users in collaboration with Europol and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, the United States and Canada.
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The suspects included 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 lived in Paraguay for years, the prosecutors said.
They reportedly worked as administrators of the site, advising members on how to bypass law enforcement when using the platform. A fourth suspect, a 64-year-old man from Hamburg, is accused of being one of the most active users, reportedly uploading more than 3,500 messages.
Germany has requested the extradition of the suspect who was arrested in Paraguay. No names were given in accordance with privacy regulations in Germany. After raids on various buildings in German in mid-April, the online platform was closed.