Germany busts Darknet child porn site with the help of RCMP


TORONTO – German officials say they have uncovered one of the world’s largest international platforms for child pornography through a complex investigation that took them to the Darknet and was aided by the Canadian RCMP.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt and the Federal Criminal Police Office issued a statement saying that three suspects believed to be administrators of the “Boistown” platform were arrested in mid-April, one of them in Paraguay. A German user was also arrested.

The RCMP said no Canadians have been arrested during the investigation.

” [National Child Exploitation Crime Centre] During his investigation, he collaborated with the German authorities. To date, there have been no Canadian arrests with this operation. As the investigation continues, the RCMP is not able to comment further, ”a RCMP spokesperson told CTVNevska.

All of Germany’s buildings were also searched in connection with the platform last month.

Officials believe the platform was active since at least 2019 and was “one of the world’s largest pornography darknet platforms.” Pedophiles around the world reportedly used the platform to exchange and watch porn videos of mostly male children and children.

Prosecutors said the website had multiple forums and chats, where videos and images were placed in several different languages, and they found “images of the most serious sexual abuse of toddlers” among the content on the platform.

According to the statement, the months-long investigation involved German police in cooperation with Europol, RCMP and law enforcement agencies of the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia and the United States.

The three main suspects arrested in connection with “Boystown” 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 were residents of Paraguay. Said in a statement. He is believed to have worked as an administrator of the website and tried to help users avoid law enforcement while using the platform.

The fourth suspect is a 64-year-old man from Hamburg. He is accused of uploading more than 3,500 posts on the website, one of its most active members.

Since the raid in mid-April, the website has been shut down.

German police have requested that the suspect living in Paraguay be extradited to Germany.

Germany’s top security official said the investigation should convey a clear message to those who exploit children.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, “There is a clear message of this investigative success: those who attack the most vulnerable are nowhere safe.” “These investigators work day and night, online and offline, globally.”

He said, “We will do everything within our power to protect children from these hate crimes.”

– With Associated Press files.

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