The members of the now-defunct pedophilia message board Boylover.net will not be sleeping well tonight. Interpol today announced it had infiltrated the 70,000-member site and have arrested 184 people and rescued 230 abused children in 30 countries.
Boylover (which is now a gay porn site) didn't host child porn itself; rather, it served as a way for pedophiles to meet and swap images and videos in backchannels.
After making initial contact on the forum, members would use e-mail and other electronic channels to share images and video of children being abused, Wainwright said.
While the forum did not include child pornography, "computers seized from those arrested have harvested huge quantities of child abuse images and videos," Europol said in a statement.
The majority of the 184 people arrested so far are suspected of direct involvement in sexually abusing children, They include teachers, police officers and scout leaders. One Spaniard who worked at summer youth camps is suspected of abusing some 100 children over five years.
Boylover.net was operated by a Dutch man who helped police crack the site's encryption after he was arrested. Thank you for making cops' jobs easy by joining a website called "boylover.net," and talking openly about the fact that you like to abuse children, pedophiles. Clearly these were the dumber pedophiles?
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