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BKA Arrests 67 Suspects in a Child Porn Bust

 

In early July, the German Federal Criminal Police Office busted the owner of a forum promoting and hosting images and videos of “bizarre” child abuse. Between December 2016 and July 2017, the site had amassed more than 87,000 members. Not even 20 days later, the BKA struck again. By July 20, German police had identified roughly 75 suspected members of a child “pornography” ring.LU2n.nemecka_policia.jpg

While arresting users of the Elysium child exploitation forums, German police were simultaneously arresting child abusers linked to an app that offered “secure private, and Beautiful Online Group Chat.” The app itself is both completely legal and without ill-intent. The app—or service, really—allows users to join chat rooms and share media with contacts and group members. And the company collaborated with the BKA to a degree that surprised German authorities. Police officers said the suspects were identified thanks to “very good cooperation” with the U.S.-based operators of the service or app, Chatstep.

Between July 5 and July 20, the BKA arrested 67 people, all suspected of uploading, downloading, or viewing videos depicting child exploitation. The suspects ranged from age 18 to age 80. Police identified eight more suspects on July 21, but carried out no arrests.

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The press release highlighted the locations of the offenders too; Baden-Württemberg; Bavaria; Bremen; Hamburg; Hesse; Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; Lower Saxony; North Rhine-Westphalia; Rhineland-Palatinate; Saarland; Saxony; Saxony-Anhalt; Schleswig-Holstein.

The Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt am Main and the Federal Criminal Police Office thank the participating police authorities of the federal states for the excellent cooperation.”

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Chatstep may be in the middle of an internal operation to remove explicit content from the service; in the United States, Chatstep linked arrests are happening back-to-back. The method police used to catch suspects was simple: Chatstep notified the authorities. Every single time. In a case against a Wareham man, “the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was advised of two incidents of child pornography on Chatstep.com.” The report claimed that “Chatstep.com had submitted two cyber tips to NCMEC, which allegedly contained child pornography, and had been uploaded and posted during a chat.”

In a case against a Newburyport man, “the report had been filed […] by electronic service provider Chatstep.com [and] the complaint identified the internet protocol address, or IP, used to upload an image of child pornography.” And in Ottawa, following the arrest of another suspect, an officer told a news agency that the police started a “proactive investigation” into Chatstep.

5 comments

  1. I hope they get all of them. I can’t stand this. Call me a hypocrite bc I also do illegal things, but fuck the pedos!

    • anonymous

      If you can’t handle the freedom that deepweb provides maybe you are better suited to go on Facebook.com. A lot of illegal activity happens there maybe it is better suited for people like you.

      • BigRedMtn

        Obviously touched a nerve there ay? Because “people like” me, who aren’t pedophiles, who have children and feel that all children deserve a shot at life without being traumatized early on by sick people, believe that child abuse/exploitation is not just some abstract hidden and victimless thing that can be rationalized away by “freedom of the deepweb”. Anyone who is OK with it is either a)a pedophile b) a psycho/sociopath, or c) an extremely self centered scumbag that should be culled from the human population. I don’t know what the hell you’re on about, unless you meet the aforementioned criteria above, and must have been hurt pretty badly in your life.

        • You cannot be picky with crime. If you are a criminal as you’ve claimed to be (“I also do illegal things” – BIGREDMTN), then you are in the same category as every other criminal. You can rationalize any crime you do, but all crimes have victims directly or indirectly.

          All criminals must pay.

  2. Obliviously your nerve was touched too.. Researched shows most child sex crimes are committed by a family member or someone know too the child..Yes child porn is wrong.But calling people names because they have a different view to yours is immature child like behavior..Before you go insinuating some one is not worthy to live look at your own family

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