Why did the FBI run a child porn website?


In November 2012, FBI agents in Nebraska had a problem. They'd uncovered an online bulletin board web site with over 5,000 users who shared pornographic images of children, but they weren't able to identify any of the customers. So for two weeks, the FBI let the site continue to run while they collected information, and then they shut it down.

As of June 2013, no arrests have occurred.

From the San Francisco Chronicle>>
At the time the service was shuttered it had more than 5,600 users and 24,000 posts, nearly all of which related to child pornography. At least 10,000 photos of children being posed nude, raped or otherwise abused were broadcast through the site.

Writing the court, the special agent recounted the site users’ discussions on how to avoid detection by police. One went so far as to publish a lengthy guide on encryption, and protections placed on the service impeded investigators’ work.

Most often, though, “Website A” users chatted about their shared interests – the rape and molestation of children.
- FBI shared child porn to nab pedophiles; Washington home raided, SF Gate>>
- Image is from an anti online child pornography commercial by ECPAT France, YouTube>>

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