BUSTED! World’s Largest Child Porn Marketplace Taken Down– 337 Arrests

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by Dean Garrison, DC Clothesline:

On Wednesday Trump’s Department of Justice announced a major victory in the war against child pornography.

What is believed to be the world’s largest child pornography marketplace, which was using Bitcoin for transactions, has been taken down.

According to NPR, 330 arrests have already been made.

More than 330 people have been arrested around the world in a major takedown of a massive child pornography website, which U.S. officials say is among the first to be found using cryptocurrency to carry out video sales.

“These agents and prosecutors rescued some 23 children worldwide from abusive situations” in the U.S., Spain and the U.K., said Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. She described this type of crime as “one of the worst forms of evil imaginable.”

“Our message for those who produce, distribute, and receive child pornography is clear: You may try to hide behind technology, but we will find you and we will arrest and prosecute you,” Liu added.

More at NPR…

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The UK’s National Crime Agency lists the total number of global arrests at 337.

Three-hundred and thirty-seven suspects have been arrested globally in multi-agency operations sparked by a National Crime Agency investigation into one of the UK’s worst ever child sex offenders.

The arrests were made in 38 countries including the UK, Ireland, America, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and Canada.

Welcome To Video was taken down by an international taskforce set up by the NCA and included Homeland Security Investigations and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation in America, the South Korean National Police and Germany’s Federal Criminal Police.

The site – run from South Korea – contained more than 250,000 horrific videos. Users had made more than one million downloads.

The website monetised the sexual abuse of children and was one of the first to offer sickening videos for sale using the cryptocurreny bitcoin.

In the UK, 18 investigations were developed from the intelligence and seven men have already been convicted – including one jailed for 22 years for raping a five-year-old boy and appearing on Welcome To Video sexually abusing a three-year-old girl.

The NCA uncovered Welcome To Video during its investigation into the geophysicist Dr Matthew Falder. In 2017 Falder admitted 137 offences including encouraging child rape and sharing images of a newborn baby being abused. He’s serving a 25-year jail sentence.

Read more…

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Anyone else find it odd that The UK and USA both seem to claim to be at the forefront of this investigation and subsequent bust?

Call it productive propaganda in this case because a lot of bad people are behind bars as of this writing.

This is the world of politics.

Everyone wants to look like a leader. 🙂

Here’s an interesting video from Bloomberg Technology on how Bitcoin was actually beneficial to making the busts.

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