Over 330 online child-abusers arrested from 38 countries in global investigation
As a result of joint operation of world powers, after a Cambridge University academic was sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in paedophile case, a nexus of more than 330 dark web child abusers has been busted.
The suspects were rounded up from 38 countries, including the UK, Ireland, the US, Germany, Spain, Canada and Saudi Arabia, after a probe was launched by investigative agencies of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and South Korea.
29-year-old Dr Matthew Falder, a Cambridge University PhD, had admitted to running a horrific campaign in which he would blackmail loads of men, women and children into carrying out humiliating and degrading acts, including physical abuse of a child, The Telegraph reported.
A South Korean man, Jong Woo Son, 23, had the big hand in the image-swapping website run on the dark web regarding paedophile activities, claimed American counsels.
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“Woo Son was the administrator of the now-defunct “Welcome to Video” dark-web-hosted website frequented by hundreds if not thousands of perverts in the US and internationally, and advertised itself as having served more than a million image and video downloads,” The Telegraph quoted the lawyers as saying.
He is already jailed in South Korea for orchestrating the website, while in the US he is indicted on nine counts related to the creation and distribution of child sex images as well as money laundering.
Since the website was based in South Korea, so help was sought from S Korean law enforcement agencies as well.
The first criminal of online child abuse was arrested in the UK in 2017 and he was given 22 years imprisonment for raping a three years old girl.
It may be noted that dark web is not accessible by common people and this platform is popular for illegal activities.