Feds Kill the Internet’s ‘Largest Child Porn Marketplace,’ 300 Arrested


Federal investigators have announced that they have taken down the biggest child porn marketplace on the Internet.

Federal prosecutors filed multiple charges against a 23-year-old South Korean man who they claim was behind the Internet-based child porn website on the dark web, according to NBC News.

The website called Welcome to Video,” reportedly hosted more than 200,000 videos — almost 8 terabytes — of child pornography involving children of all ages.

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Prosecutors said that they also tracked 7,300 Bitcoin transactions worth more than $730,000.

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The site was allegedly run by Jong Woo Son, a South Korean citizen who is already in jail in South Korea of child porn charges.

Federal officials say that Woo Son operated the site up until law enforcement agencies shut it down in March of last year.

U.S. officials reported that 337 suspects of the site had been arrested worldwide.

“You may try to hide behind technology,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu said on Wednesday, “but we will find you and arrest you and prosecute you.”

The scale of this crime is eye-popping and sickening,” added John D. Fort, chief of IRS criminal investigations.

Nearly half the videos on the site were previously uncatalogued by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Only five Americans were identified as users of this site, but arrests were made in countries including South Korea, the United Kingdom, and others.

“Most of the users were in their 20s, unmarried and white-collar office workers and first-time offenders, although some were ex-convicts of sexual crimes, including juvenile sex offenders. One possessed as many as 48,634 child porn [files],” officials said.

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