German police bust child sex abuse imagery network with 400,000 users

May 03, 2021 at 10:36

(CNN) German police have arrested three people in connection with one of the world's largest platforms containing child sex abuse materials, prosecutors said Monday.
A fourth person was arrested in Paraguay, according to Interpol.
The online platform, which was known as Boystown and was hosted on the dark web, had 400,000 registered users when it was taken offline by an international taskforce.
The global team, spearheaded by the German Federal Criminal Police -- the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) -- included the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Canada and the United States.
Police arrested three main suspects accused of operating and maintaining the Boystown platform during raids on seven properties in mid-April, Reuters reported.