German prosecutors say they have busted one of the world’s biggest international darknet market platforms for child pornography, used by more than 400,000 registered members, including from the US, Australia and .
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.
German prosecutors say they have busted one of the world’s biggest international darknet market platforms for child pornography
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 market platforms’ and had been active at least since 2019.
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, darkmarket list 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.
Prosecutors wrote that they found ‘images of most severe sexual abuse of toddlers’ among the photos and video material
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 3500 posts.
Germany has requested the extradition of the suspect who was arrested in Paraguay.
After the raids in mid-April, the online platform was shut down.