US federal authorities say they broke up a global child porn ring
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 15/12/2010 18:46
Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.
The announcement was made in the wake of Monday's guilty plea by a Georgia man to transporting child pornography using a secret Internet bulletin board called "Lost Boy." That website operated from September 2007 to January 2009, when authorities shut it down and began investigating the men who operated it, officials said.
US smashes global child porn ring
US authorities say they have broken up an international online child pornography ring using a bulletin board called Lost Boy and charged 20 people in five countries.
Sixteen of the suspects are in the US, while the others are in France, Germany, Belgium and New Zealand, according to US justice authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
International child porn ring is broken up [AP]
An international child pornography ring that spanned three continents and required members to post explicit images on a secure Internet message board has been dismantled with the arrests of more than a dozen people, authorities said Tuesday.
The investigation led to the closure of the so-called "Lost Boy" bulletin board in January 2009 and identified suspects from Germany to New Zealand. Investigators said the network of 35 men traded and posted pictures of young boys either naked or engaging in unlawful sex.
Child porn 'club' busted by officials
The FBI announced the indictment of 16 domestic and international suspects in a child pornography ring who are believed to be part of an Internet-based, members-only bulletin board called "Lost Boy."
The various defendants used the names "HarryPotter," "Bottles&Cans," "Undy12" and "WoodenDoll" to post explicit pictures on the Texas-based bulletin board.
16 in global child porn 'club' indicted
Federal authorities Tuesday announced the indictments of 16 men who allegedly accessed a password-protected Internet forum on child pornography containing thousands of graphic images and videos of young boys.
The two-year investigation into the Lost Boy Internet group found that members were encouraged to regularly post sexually explicit photos of young boys to "remain in good standing" and not get removed from the online message board, according to the indictment.
NZ included in international child porn ring
An international child pornography ring that spanned three continents, including New Zealand, has been dismantled with the arrests of more than a dozen people, according to The Washington Post.
NZ link to global child porn ring
New Zealand caught up in international online child pornography ring: 20 people charged in the US, France, Germany, Belgium and NZ