Police bust child porn ring with 87,000 members who arranged horrific abuse of children and swapped vile images online

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  • German police say they arrested 39-year-old behind child porn forum Elysium 
  • Multiple other site users arrested across Germany and Austria, offices say
  • Site used to swap pornographic images and arrange sexual abuse of children
  • Before police brought it down, the forum had more than 87,000 members 

German police have busted a child porn website with 87,000 members and arrested a man they accuse of running it.

Officers detained the 39-year-old, who has not been identified, north of Frankfurt. Several suspected users were arrested across Germany and Austria

They are all accused of involvement in a forum called Elysium, which had operated on the ‘Darknet’ since the end of 2016.

The website was used for the worldwide exchange of child pornography and to make appointments for the sexual abuse of children, prosecutors said.

“Among the child pornographic images and video files exchanged by the members of the platform were recordings of the most serious sexual abuse of children, including toddlers and depiction of sexual violence against children,” it said.

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