U.S. Charges S. Korean and Arrest 337 for Child Pornography through the Darknet

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 

On October 16, 2019, the United States Justice Department (DOJ) announced the federal grand jury in the District of Columbia’s indictment of Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, for his ‘Welcome To Video’ operation, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content.  The Justice Department unsealed a nine-count indictment along with a parallel civil forfeiture action.  South Korean prosecutors have already charged and convicted Son in South Korea.  He is currently in custody serving his sentence in South Korea.  The Justice Department announced that an additional 337 site users have been arrested and charged.  They reside in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State.[1]