LONDON: UK and US authorities investigating a “darkish internet” baby pornography website run from South Korea on Wednesday introduced the arrest of 337 suspects in 38 countries.
Britain’s Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) mentioned the “Welcome to Video” website contained 250,000 movies that had been downloaded 1,000,000 occasions by customers internationally.
“The web site monetised the sexual abuse of kids and was one of many first to supply sickening movies on the market utilizing the cryptocurrency bitcoin,” the NCA mentioned in an announcement.
“The arrests had been made in 38 international locations together with the UK, Eire, America, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and Canada.”
The investigations additionally concerned South Korean Nationwide Police and Germany’s Federal Felony Police.
In Washington, the US Division of Justice mentioned individually the positioning operated “the biggest baby sexual exploitation market by quantity of content material” when it was taken down.
“Welcome to Video” operated on the so-called “darkish internet”, which might solely be accessed by particular software program and is broadly used to visitors varied unlawful content material and merchandise.
The NCA mentioned seven males have already been convicted in Britain because the first suspect was arrested in 2017.
One man “was jailed for 22 years for raping a five-year-old boy and showing on Welcome To Video sexually abusing a three-year-old woman.”
The collaboration between international legislation enforcement companies was sparked by the British investigation right into a British scientist for baby intercourse offences, in response to the NCA, which offers with critical and organised crime, in addition to cyber crime.
Matthew Falder was sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2017 after admitting 137 counts of on-line abuse, together with the encouragement of kid rape and even the abuse of a child.
The US Justice Division indicted the positioning’s alleged operator — recognized as 23-year-old South Korean nationwide Jong Woo Son — on 9 counts.
“Darkish internet websites that revenue from the sexual exploitation of kids are among the many most vile and reprehensible types of felony behaviour,” mentioned US Assistant Lawyer Normal Brian Benczkowski.