Korean who ran world’s biggest child porn site avoids US clutches

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Korean who ran world’s biggest child porn site avoids US clutches

The abuse spanned 18 countries, 23 children were saved and 337 arrests made, but Seoul court blocks extradition

Julian Ryall

The operator of the largest child abuse website yet uncovered walked free from a South Korean prison onMonday after a court in Seoul ruled that he could not be extradited to the US to face additional charges.

Son Jong-woo, 24, was arrested in Korea in March 2018 after an investigation into the Welcome to Video site that brought together law-enforcement authorities from 18 countries. Son operated the site, which included 250,000 videos of children being abused, from June 2015 until his arrest.

The site operated on the dark web and had 1.28 million subscribers, and Son is estimated to have earned more than £260,000 (R5,5m) in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency from it. At least 23 children who were being abused by users of the site were rescued as a result of the investigation, while 337 people have been arrested to date, including 223 in South Korea...

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