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Darknet Child Porn Bust Leads to Hundreds of Arrests in China

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Darknet Child Porn Bust Leads to Hundreds of Arrests in China

Introduction

According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), hundreds of suspects have been arrested in China after a darknet child porn ring was taken down. Reportedly, the videos the ring had were accessed more than 20,000 times, and featured more than 30 under-age girls being abducted, raped and molested.

The child porn ring was run by a 19-year-old known as Sun. Sun had three Terabytes of pornography on his computer when he was arrested, out of which 400 Gigabytes were of child pornography. He is a sophomore student at a Beijing University.

The pornographic material was distributed via instant-messaging groups, croup drives, and an unnamed dark web website. Sun would upload videos to other websites, in exchange for new material “he never saw in China”.

According to the police, some of the videos the child porn ring had were produced and filmed in China. They got to this conclusion by analyzing the language and surroundings of the videos they got their hands on.

Zhang Min, the law enforcement agent in charge of the case, said:

Seeing so many children forced into such a nightmare at such a young age makes every one of our police officers involved in the case extremely angry and sad.

Law Enforcement Agencies More Tech-Savvy Than Ever

It seems law enforcement agencies keep on getting more tech-adept as time goes by. Ever since the Silk Road was taken down in 2013, more and more darknet websites keep going down.

The child porn ring led by Sun was taken down thanks to the US Department of Homeland Security. They warned Chinese law enforcement agencies that users in their country were uploading massive amounts of child pornography on the dark web. The tip led to dozens of arrests, including that of Sun, the leader.

Recently, SCMP also reported dozens were arrested in Taiwan over another child porn crackdown. Other drug-related arrests occur all over the world, almost on a daily basis. Now more than ever, people need to careful when accessing the deep web. If you do something you shouldn’t be doing, the feds may end up knocking on your door.

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