Site Unseen: DOJ Crushes Global Porn Network
October 17, 2019
"Do not upload adult porn." That was the stomach-turning warning from one of the most heinous child pornography sites on the dark web. Thanks to the Department of Justice, that horrible corner of cyberspace was just the target of an international takedown -- a victory months in the making.
"According to the indictment we're unsealing today," U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu announced Wednesday, "the site hosted more than a quarter million videos, and users downloaded more than one million files." Files, she explained that included children, toddlers, and even infants in "sexually explicit conduct." "As a parent," Liu said, "this horrifies me. And it should horrify everyone."
Working with law enforcement in South Korea, the U.K. and Germany, U.S. officials have arrested 337 people connected to the ring -- including 53 pedophiles in America. "The sexual exploitation of children," Liu insisted, "is one of the worst forms of evil imaginable. Indeed, these crimes are so heinous, they are difficult even to speak about... Our message for those who produce, distribute, and receive child pornography is clear: You may try to hide behind technology, but we will find you, and we will arrest and prosecute you."
Thanks to the DOJ's hard work, 23 kids were rescued from their abusers in countries from Spain to England. Now, because of the U.S.'s involvement, the leader of the world's "largest dark web child porn marketplace" -- Jong Woo Son -- can finally be held accountable.
Unfortunately, liberals are too busy shaming Attorney General William Barr's faith to stop and consider all he's doing in defense of children. Led by leaders like him, America is saving hundreds of tiny victims from the horrors and violence of trafficking. Maybe if we had more religion, as Barr said, there wouldn't be a need for crusades like DOJ's. Maybe if there were more "moral education," fewer people would fall into the trap of sexual addiction. In the meantime, we can all be grateful that there is a man at the helm who takes the world's problems seriously -- and who understands that the real solution is more of God, not less.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.