Sites selling child abuse material for crypto removed

An international investigation uncovered two communities and a crypto-powered market dedicated to exchanging child sexual abuse material on the deep web.

An international joint investigation led by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) and the Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) has killed three people. darknet Child Abuse Forums: “Boyvids 6.0,” “Forbidden Love” and “Child Porn Market.” BKA details recent proceedings report good,

The sites had hundreds of thousands of users from around the world who participated in the distribution of images and videos of sexual violence against children. The “Boyvids 6.0” platform was established in 2021 as a replacement for “Boystown”, which was to be dropped in 2021. It had approximately 410,000 registered users at the time of its closure.

The “Forbidden Love” darknet site was established in February 2022 and had at least 846,000 registered users at the time of its closure. The third site, “Child Porn Market”, operates under the moniker “CP Market” and has been operating since October 2022. It was used to sell child abuse material. 120 video files of sexual violence against children were recovered from it.

Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the investigation. A person from Saxony was charged with administrative duties at all those sites. He was arrested on 29 November. Two more men, a 44-year-old from Lower Saxony and a 45-year-old from Schleswig-Holstein, were arrested on 6 November and 13 December respectively. They are accused of distributing child abuse material on the platforms.

A fourth suspect, arrested in Brazil in late November 2022, is alleged to be the administrator of the “Forbidden Love” darknet site. Investigations targeting users of other suspected operators and platforms are ongoing.

The site’s closure in early December 2022 resulted in the retrieval and removal of hundreds of thousands of images of sexual violence against children. The Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office (Openbaar Ministerie) recently send warning letters on 19 December via email to suspected users of the now defunct dark web child abuse site “DarkScandals”.

The letters informed the recipients that possession of child abuse material is punishable by law. The authorities asked them to delete all criminal material and to desist from indulging in other illegal activities. The letters sentenced “DarkScandals” admin “Mr. Dark” to 10 years in prison in June 2022.

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