14 arrested in sting on underground child porn website on Darknet's Onion Router aka Tor network

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A man from Denver is one of more than a dozen people arrested worldwide for allegedly running an underground child pornography website.

"Fourteen men operating a child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, also known as
Tor, have been arrested and charged as part of a conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise," according to officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Minh Vi Thong, 30, has been charged in Denver federal court with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, prosecutors said.

Investigators said they have identified 251 minor victims in 39 states and five foreign countries. Most of the victims were boys, seven of them were under age 10.

Prosecutors said the website operated from June 2012 to June 2013 and at one point had more than 27,000 members.

"Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” said ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale. "Our agency is seeing a growing trend where children are being enticed, tricked and coerced online by adults to produce sexually explicit material of themselves. While we will continue to prioritize the arrest of child predators, we cannot arrest our way out of this problem: education is the key to prevention."

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