THE HAGUE (BNO NEWS) — Nearly 200 people around the world have been arrested in connection with what is believed to have been the world’s largest online pedophile network, authorities said on Wednesday. The investigation spanned more than three years and involved scores of countries.
Europol said during a joint news conference on Wednesday that the investigation centered on the Netherlands-based website boylover.net, which attracted more than 70,000 members at its height. It operated as a discussion-only forum where people could share their desire about sexual contact with young boys, without committing any specific offence.
However, some members of the website would eventually move to private channels such as e-mail to exchange illegal images and videos of children being abused. That is where their activities became illegal.