“CHILDS PLAY” WAS KEPT ONLINE AFTER ARRESTING OWNERS
Australian police secretly operated one of the dark web’s largest child abuse sites for almost a year, posing as its founder in an undercover operation that has triggered arrests and rescues across the globe.
The sting has brought down a vast child exploitation forum, Childs Play, which acted as an underground meeting place for thousands of pedophiles.
The police involvement was uncovered by journalists with the Norwegian newspaper, VG, who spent months tracing Childs Play’s origins and monitoring public posts.
The paper’s investigation, shared with the Guardian, led them to the offices of Queensland police’s Taskforce Argos, a specialist child abuse unit, in January.
Unwittingly, they had stumbled on to a sensitive police operation.
The Argos squad had quietly taken over Childs Play three months earlier, assuming the identity of its founder following his arrest for the rape of a four-year-old girl in the US.
To maintain their cover, undercover detectives were posting and sharing abuse material on Childs Play. Other users continued to post and view images while the site was under police control.
Disseminating child porn for a year? SMH…….