from Gen McInerney
CHILD ABUSE 'Boystown' child sexual abuse website shut down in multi-national police operation
May 03 2021
Four people have been arrested in a multi-national police operation targeting one of Europe’s most prolific child sexual abuse platforms on the dark web.
The dark web platform, known as ‘Boystown’, has been taken down by an international taskforce set up by the German Federal Criminal Police.
This site hosted material on the sexual abuse of children and had 400,000 registered users when it was shut down.
Several other chat sites on the dark web used by child sexual offenders were also taken over by authorities at the same time.
Authorities said today the platform shows how child sex-offenders are seeking ways to avoid being targeted by police operations.
It also shows that efforts are being made to organise ‘communities’ of people interested in child sexual abuse imagery.
All four of those arrested last week are German nationals.
More arrests are expected as seized information will be used by victim identification taskforce and local police forces are given the material.
Europol and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the United States were involved in this operation.