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‘Welcome To Video’ Admin Sentenced to Prison for Two Years

The administrator of one of the “world’s largest child pornography websites” was sentenced to two years in prison for hiding proceeds from the forum.

Son Jong-woo, the convicted operator of the Welcome To Video forum on the darkweb, was sentenced to five years in prison for concealing about 400 million won ($305,000). The money came from users of Son’s forum who spent Bitcoin to access child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

The defendant has already served an 18-month sentence for violating child protection laws. A grand jury in the United States returned an indictment, accusing Son of:

  • Conspiracy to Advertise Child Pornography;
  • Advertising Child Pornography;
  • Production of Child Pornography for Importation to the United States;
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Child Pornography;
  • Distribution of Child Pornography; and
  • Money Laundering.

Before Son completed his sentence, his father filed a criminal complaint against him for “violation of the law on criminal proceeds concealment.” The move was interpreted as an attempt to prevent Son’s extradition to the United States.

A picture of The 'Welcome to Video’ seizure banner uploaded by law enforcement.

The 'Welcome to Video’ seizure banner uploaded by law enforcement.

The Seoul High Court blocked Son’s extradition because Son’s cooperation would assist authorities in investigating “sexually exploitative content.” Authorities then filed new charges against Son, including criminal proceeds concealment and gambling with the concealed proceeds.

The Korean National Police in South Korea arrested Son on March 5, 2018. Agents from the IRS-CI, HSI, and National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom seized the servers Son had used to host the onion service. The operation resulted in the seizure of eight terabytes of CSAM. A Department of Justice press release revealed that 45% of the 250,000 unique videos seized by police contained new images.

“Welcome To Video offered these videos for sale using the cryptocurrency bitcoin. Typically, sites of this kind give users a forum to trade in these depictions. This Darknet website is among the first of its kind to monetize child exploitation videos using bitcoin. In fact, the site itself boasted over one million downloads of child exploitation videos by users. Each user received a unique bitcoin address when the user created an account on the website. An analysis of the server revealed that the website had more than one million bitcoin addresses, signifying that the website had capacity for at least one million users.”

“The agencies have shared data from the seized server with law enforcement around the world to assist in identifying and prosecuting customers of the site. This has resulted in leads sent to 38 countries and yielded arrests of 337 subjects around the world. The operation has resulted in searches of residences and businesses of approximately 92 individuals in the United States. Notably, the operation is responsible for the rescue of at least 23 minor victims residing in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom, who were being actively abused by the users of the site.”


South Korean man jailed over proceeds from child porn site, Yonhap reports | archive.is, archive.org, reuters.com

28 Comments
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4cdab540 Tue, Jul 5, 2022

OY VEY MUH 400 MILLION

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c88cf9f0 Tue, Jul 5, 2022

Everytime I work I feel like I’m wasting my life. F-uck this USA

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5483eb90 Tue, Jul 5, 2022

2 YEARS?! and there some guy in WV got 10 years for 100 grams of meth…

Drugs has won the war on drugs…

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91463630 Sun, Jul 10, 2022

Only 2 years? Him and ALL other pedos deserve the DEATH PENALTY. Absolutely ridiculous. This is what billionaires do too!

7131978a
f3933730 Tue, Jul 5, 2022

only two years?

How Sway

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c23cd310 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

his father sued him before his sentence was over to cancel out the extradition to the USA.. wtf !?

58933d0f
98995cf0 Tue, Jul 5, 2022

Hope the sick fuck dies in prison

f0a60ced
cfacd900 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

cp bastards getting a slap on the wrist while drug dealers getting jailed for life
I dont get it

42f3295d
65066560 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

HOPE THIS PEDO FUCK GETS A RUSTY 6 INCH PIECE OF STEEL, IN HIS SIDE, THEN HEART POP BOTH LUNGS HIT HIS THROAT, AND LEAVE SLUMPED CRYING BLEEDING IN THE YARD.

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83741520 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

Fucking 2 years for being a pedo and running the largest CP site on the darkweb, but you’ll catch 10+ years for shipping/receiving some drugs in the mail.

a94db48f
cfd4cd90 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

often politicians are pedos and they sympathize with ordinary pedo citizens cuz they feel them this is why they give them much lighter sentences.

740bfe48
6ed22ac0 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

Y’all complaining about how short his sentence is, you don’t know what’s coming next.

9d891cd3
ede17cb0 Sun, Jul 10, 2022

Don’t know whats coming next? TF are you even talking about?

9971b775
93027020 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

45% of the 250,000 unique videos seized by police contained new images.

confusing figure.

what constitutes an image in that context? A frame?

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ff55e9f0 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

this guy sounds like a real jerk!

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1ddb80c0 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

2 years for child porn but 5 years for “one count of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute ? lol Freedom!!!

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6e233a60 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

HAHAHAHA this is a fucken joke. This asshole should be getting life in prison

98c0f5b8
6225fa20 Wed, Jul 6, 2022

Lol! This is the kid who ran the cp server from his bedroom!

7f85b9e1
227c1010 Thu, Jul 7, 2022

He’ll die honestly like epestien did.

475a580c
99184ed0 Thu, Jul 7, 2022

motherfucking POS gets 2 years for CP? Methhead gets decades for grams? what the actual fuck? Muricah justice system is a fucking joke. PS death to 45

9861042a
7ceac770 Fri, Jul 8, 2022

People disgust me.

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dae3ea70 Fri, Jul 8, 2022

Fucking swine, hopefully he gets his ass reamed out and killed

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c3bc3a60 Sat, Jul 9, 2022

fucking disgusting i hope he gets raped and beat in prison

c57ebfb2
4ed28600 Sat, Jul 9, 2022

I hope all you junkie losers get shitcanned in the same way

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36355ec0 Mon, Jul 11, 2022

This guy should face all life in prison and not Ross Ulbritch

79a3b057
d74fd250 Tue, Jul 12, 2022

2 years? someone should let this judge and his family go missing…

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4c6e06b0 Wed, Jul 13, 2022

Free Ross, this judge gave a incredible low punishment, still the content creators are responsible

6df3dfce
32a11c80 Wed, Jul 13, 2022

this is a joke

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