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German police destroy network of child sexual abuse images with 400,000 users


A fourth person has been arrested in Paraguay, according to Interpol.

The online platform, known as Boystown and hosted on the dark web, had 400,000 registered users when it was taken offline by an international task force.

The global team, led by the German Federal Criminal Police – the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) – included the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, d Australia, Canada and the United States.

Police arrested three main suspects on charges of operating and maintaining the Boystown Platform during raids on seven properties in mid-April, Reuters reported.

All the suspects are male German nationals, according to Europol, which said on Monday that a 40-year-old man was arrested in the West German town of Paderborn, a 49-year-old man was arrested in Munich and a man 58 years old. – an old man was arrested in Paraguay.

A fourth suspect, a 64-year-old man from Hamburg, was arrested on suspicion of being one of the site’s most active users, having registered as a member of the platform in July 2019 and posted more than 3500 times.

Europol also said on Monday that several other chat sites used by perpetrators of child sexual abuse were seized at the same time.

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