Germany has shut down "one of the biggest darknet child pornography platforms in the world" and arrested four of its members, authorities said on Monday.
In a series of raids in mid-April, German police arrested three men between the ages of 40 and 64 while and another suspect was detained in Paraguay on the request of German authorities, Frankfurt prosecutors said in a joint statement with the Federal Criminal Police Office.
The website, known as "Boystown," world's largest for child pornography with more than 400,000 users, had existed since at least mid-2019. It was "set up for the worldwide exchange of child pornography, in particular images of the abuse of boys," the statement said.
The darknet forum allowed users to communicate with others and share graphic image and video content which included "serious sexual abuse of toddlers."
A German police task force, in coordination with Europol and supported by law enforcement authorities from the United States, Canada, Australia, Netherlands and Sweden, had investigated the "Boystown" platform, its administrators and users for months.