U.S. and Korean authorities say they broke up one of the world’s largest markets for #ChildPornography, a crime that is proliferating at a furious pace with the rise of #cryptocurrency and #encrypted online content.
Since agents shuttered the site in March 2018, authorities have arrested 337 site users in 11 countries including the U.K., Germany, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in more than two dozen U.S. states.
The site, encouraged users to upload videos, included 100s of 1,000s of illicit images not previously seen by authorities. 23 minor victims in the U.S., U.K. and Spain were rescued. They were being actively abused by users of the site, which operated from June 2015-March 2018.
Images of sexual exploitation have mushroomed since 2014, when a little over #1million incidents of #ChildPornography were reported. By last year, that number had risen to over #18million.
#Darknet has fostered #crimes like #NarcoticsTrafficking #MoneyLaundering #ChildPornography #Cryptocurrency
#Darknet has been cited in a wide range of crimes, in which people seek to move money anonymously around the world.
#ChildSexOffenders set up online communities that “brazenly promote #VictimizingChildren even #infants, educate members about how to perpetrate #abuse without getting caught, encourage members to #document their abuse & #distribute those videos & pictures to groups of predators,”
U.S. authorities disclosed information about 3 dozen of the accused site users, including former federal agents and a Georgia man who videotaped children in his own bathroom & uploaded videos of them. Two users took their own lives after search warrants were executed.
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