6th MAY 2017
NEARLY 900 suspected paedophiles have been arrested and almost 300 children identified or rescued from their abusers following the massive take-down of an underground online paedophile network, US and European police said.
A more than two-year investigation into the notorious Playpen network and its members led to the arrests, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Europol said, an announcement that came just days after a US court sentenced Playpen founder and administrator Steven Chase to 30 years in prison.
The arrest of Florida-based Chase in December 2014 set off a sweeping global probe into the users of the members-only forum.
Playpen was buried deep online in what is known as the “darknet,” where Tor anonymity software and encryption hide often illegal activities.
In this case, it masked participants in a forum where people submitted and traded photographs and videos of the sexual abuse of children.
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