At its peak, the forum had more than 70,000 members around the world.
No child pornography was distributed on the forum itself, rather, members used the forum to facilitate individual exchanges of photos or videos online. The 37-year-old Israeli-born Dutch citizen was arrested in 2009 for possession of child pornography and has since cooperated fully with investigators.
One such text reads, “There is nothing more sexy than a boy in diapers and I thought I was the only one who had this thought.” Most of those arrested so far are suspected of child sexual abuse, not the lesser offence of possessing child pornography.
Detectives say 184 people have been arrested – 121 of them were in the UK. The three-year investigation, Operation Rescue, was led by investigators from the UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop).
Speaking at a news conference at The Hague in the Netherlands, investigators said the network hid behind a legal online forum which operated out of the country – but its members came from around the world.
– More here Massive Dutch-run child pornography ring revealed 3/16/2011/ PM 184 suspects have already been arrested in a large-scale international child pornography ring centred in the Netherlands.
Speaking from the Hague, Europol Director Rob Wainwright, together with law enforcement representatives from five countries, announced the break-up of the internet ring on Wednesday.
A woman who sexually abused her own baby girl on a webcast with a teenager in England will have at least 20 years to think about her sick crime.
A judge could hardly hide his disgust for Julie Carr during her sentencing this week.Europol Director Rob Wainright on ‘spectacular international police success’ Along with the Netherlands and the UK, suspects have been identified in Australia, Italy, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand.The members of the network went into a private channel, boylover.net, and then used its secret systems to share films and images of abused children, said Rob Wainwright, director of European police agency Europol.In the largest ever operation of its kind, police in 30 countries have arrested 184 suspects and identified 486 others.Mr Wainwright says more will follow in short order.The investigation, called Operation Rescue, started three years ago.