As many as 10,000 Britons signed up to one of the world’s largest paedophile networks, which operated on a clandestine part of the internet for almost two years without police shutting it down.
An NHS employee, a former school governor and a sex offender who once worked at a children’s hospital were among 80,000 users registered with Paradise Village, one of the largest child abuse websites on what is known as the dark net.
Members openly discussed their sexual interest in children, posted links to child abuse imagery and videos, and left friendly comments on each other’s posts. By using anonymising software called Tor they masked their online identities. The Times was able to analyse the network’s server, Freedom Hosting II, after usernames, email addresses…