The so-called darknet is a cyber underworld where child prostitution and other criminal activities are advertised. Sharing of photos and videos of child sexual assault is rife. Those who access disturbing material there are usually looking for it.
Stolen data, forged documents and drugs were all sold on what is reportedly the world's second-biggest Darknet platform. International police cooperation helped nab the suspects, who are also wanted by US prosecutors.
Four men have been convicted of running a German platform where more than 111,000 users traded in child pornography. But experts are divided on how to tackle child abuse on the so-called darknet.
Germany's abuse commissioner has called for stronger powers for prosecutors in the wake of the convictions for four men in the 'Elysium' child pornography case. Sexual violence is widespread, an NGO in Germany warned.
The men, aged between 40 and 62, are accused of operating a gang-like child pornography network. Investigators say the group's Elysium platform had more than 110,000 registered users.
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