Germany busts Elysium child sex abuse website

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German police have busted a child sex abuse site on the dark web where images and videos were exchanged.

The secret Elysium website had 87,000 members and was launched on the internet in December, prosecutors say.

The suspected ringleader, a 39-year-old man, was arrested in the state of Hesse. The forum was also used to make appointments to abuse children.

Police seized the website’s server. They found that toddlers were among the children sexually abused, reports say.

Several suspected users of the site have been arrested in Germany and Austria.