‘One Of The Worst Forms Of Evil’: More Than 330 Arrested In Child Porn Site Bust

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‘One Of The Worst Forms Of Evil’: More Than 330 Arrested In Child Porn Site Bust

The Department of Justice announced that hundreds of people have been charged in the takedown of a massive darknet child pornography website.

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The Department of Justice announced that hundreds of people have been charged in the takedown of a massive darknet child pornography website.

Jose Luis Magana/AP

More than 330 people have been arrested around the world in a major takedown of a massive child pornography website, which U.S. officials say is among the first to be found using Cryptocurrency to carry out video sales.

“These agents and prosecutors rescued some 23 children worldwide from abusive situations” in the U.S., Spain and the U.K., said Jessie Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. She described this type of crime as “one of the worst forms of evil imaginable.”

“Our message for those who produce, distribute, and receive child pornography is clear: You may try to hide behind technology, but we will find you and we will arrest and prosecute you,” Liu added.

At a news conference on Wednesday, federal officials said they seized 8 terabytes of child sexual exploitation videos.

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“That’s more than 10,000 CD-ROMs full of imagery that’s no longer in the hands of child pornographers,” said Don Fort, chief of IRS Criminal Investigation.

The porn site, called Welcome to Video, accepted payment in bitcoin and was on the Tor network, which is encrypted and hidden. The site’s upload page explicitly asked users not to upload “adult porn.” It operated for nearly three years before it was shut down in March 2018.

Investigators targeted hundreds of the sites’ users. Among them was Michael Lawson, a father of two young children from Midland, Ga. He is currently serving 121 months in prison and was deemed an “extreme danger” to his community, said Richard Downing, the deputy assistant atto

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