A GLOBAL PEDOPHILE NETWORK on the Dark Web has been shut down, resulting in THOUSANDS arrested, including “high-level politicians”, entertainers, white collar professionals and high-ranking clergy members, according to several sources.
German prosecutors said Thursday, July 6, that they had shut down a major platform used by “elite pedophiles” for organizing the sexual abuse of children, which led to the arrest of its suspected ringleader and senior members of the “pedophile community” in Germany and abroad.
The sting, dubbed Operation Elysium, was launched on the eve of the G20 in Hamburg, throwing the global summit into disarray after key members of at least two European delegations were held by police, according to YourNewsWire.
Prosecutors released a statement saying Elysium “was used for global exchanges of child pornography by its members and to arrange meetings to sexually abuse children.” Further arrests have been made globally following the initial raid, in a joint effort involving international law enforcement agencies. According to Neonnettle, there were over 87,000 members trading images and videos of “the most serious sexual abuse of children, including babies, and representations of sexual violence against children.”
The “Elysium” platform, built as a forum, has existed since the end of 2016, and was only accessible via the so-called Darknet, Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office and BKA Federal Police said in a statement, according to Reuters, who is also reporting the arrests.
Police have arrested several users of the website, mainly in Germany and Austria, the police statement said.
RT reports the unidentified man who was the site’s suspected operator, was arrested on June 12, when police raided his apartment seizing the server used to host the site. He has been sentenced to 30 years.
This latest bust comes just two months after nearly 900 members of a global ‘dark web’ pedophile ring spanning Europe and the Americas were arrested following a two-year investigation by the FBI and Europol, also reported by RT.
“The suspect is believed to have been largely responsible for the creation of the technical infrastructure of the platform as its administrator,” prosecutors said, adding that they had found the server used to store the site’s data on the so-called darknet during a search of his flat. Investigators are currently sifting through the data retrieved in the raids, in hopes that the information could lead to thousands MORE arrests worldwide, as reported by Neonnettle.
Authorities have not divulged exactly how many suspects have been arrested. More details will be made available in a press conference today.