A global investigation launched following the conviction of a Cambridge academic for appalling paedophile offences, has resulted in the arrest of more than 300 dark web child abusers.
The suspects were detained in 38 countries around the world, including the UK, Ireland, the United States and Saudi Arabia after investigators identified a website hosting a quarter of a million horrific videos.
The probe came in the wake of the conviction last year of Dr Matthew Falder, 29, who was jailed for 32-years for conducting a campaign of appalling web based abuse against a string of vulnerable victims.
Falder, who had a masters and a PhD from Cambridge University, admitted blackmailing scores of men, women and children into carrying out humiliating and degrading acts, which included encouraging the rape of a child.
Labelled as ‘hurtcore’, Falder duped his targets into sending naked images of themselves and then blackmailed them into carrying out a series of depraved activities across the web.
Falder, who worked as an academic at Birmingham University, contacted more than 300 potential victims, but by operating on the dark web, he managed to evade capture for eight years.
Following his capture an international taskforce began investigating the dark web platform he had been using and on Wednesday announced that a total of 337 suspects had been arrested in 38 countries.
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