The Internet is a complex universe, comprising areas that go far beyond what is superficially known about the Internet. The darknet it houses contents of all kinds that, due to their illegal or questionable nature, at least, do not circulate in visible or easily accessible places.
Within this “dark web”, a particular site, dedicated to child pornography and with high user traffic, was targeted by the German Federal Police. Recently, they managed to capture one of those responsible for the site, which today appears disjointed.
“Boystown”, the portal in question, circulated on the “dark side” of the Internet since 2019, according to the report that the German police shared with the press. This site had more than 400,000 members and was “configured for the global exchange of child pornography,” detailed the Bundespolizei.
The platform worked through a forum, which had a whole interconnected community around the pornographic audiovisual content they shared. Even material labeled “serious sexual abuse of young children” was found there and reported through the police report.
This operation, carried out with the help of Europol and in collaboration with the police and law enforcement agencies of the Netherlands, Sweden, the United States and Canada, concluded with the arrest of three men between 40, 49 and 68 years old, after carrying out seven raids in Germany.
Considered the main suspects, these men are accused of having administered the platform, providing technical advice and legal advice to its users, to avoid being discovered.
Another 64-year-old man from Hamburg is also targeted as a suspect, credited with being one of the most active participants in this community, registered on the portal since 2019 and the author of more than 3,500 forum posts, according to the police.
Outside of Europe, in Paraguay, there were also networks that raised suspicions during the investigation. By order of the German authorities, an international arrest warrant was issued for this person living in the Concepción region, who turned out to be another German citizen, who will be extradited back to Germany as part of this process.
Horst Seehofer, Minister of the Interior of Germany, referred to this case through of a statement, noting that “this sends a clear message: if you commit crimes against the weakest, you will not be safe anywhere.”
“We are holding the perpetrators to account and doing everything humanly possible to protect children from such disgusting crimes,” he added.