Although a topic that is quite abhorrent and certainly not pleasant, the fact that an online network has been destroyed is reason for some celebration. More than 600 pedophiles all over the world are now unable to trade graphic images and videos of child sexual exploitation because authorities have dismantled an online bulletin board.
Known as the “Dreamboard” and created in 2008, more than 70 people have been charged in connection with their use of this private site. Board who members shared the ‘dream’ of molesting innocent children were rewarded for their perversions on this network and given the “Super VIP” treatment, which meant access to the best pictures and videos of infants and children 12 and younger.
Prospective members were required to upload child pornography images when applying for membership. The more content they provided, the more disgusting images they could access via aliases, and employing encryption programs and proxy servers which disguised a user’s location.
Officials in the United States have referred to this haul of perverts as the largest prosecution of people for the purpose of promoting child sexual abuse to date.
The Dreamboard had been losing strength since last spring when many of its members became aware of the government’s investigation into their previously clandestine activities. So far, authorities have recovered some one million images of child pornography.
Forty-three molesters were arrested in the United States and nine foreign nationals overseas. There were also arrests in Canada, France, Denmark, Germany, Kenya, the Phillipines, Hungary, Qatar, Serbia and Ecuador. Charges carry sentences form 20 years to life in prison.
Online child pornography has not been eliminated, as it is a cancer with deeply hidden roots, but it has experienced a highly significant blow which is worthy of a little celebration.
Check out this video detailing arrests.