The cybercrime unit of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia is investigating some 30,000 leads in a massive online child abuse probe, officials said on Monday.
The state justice ministry said the extent of abuse taking place and being shared online was “deeply disturbing.”
“I hadn’t reckoned with the extent of child abuse on the internet,” said state Justice Minister Peter Beisenbach.
Officers are investigating what could lead to around 30,000 unidentified leads. “We want to drag perpetrators and supporters of child abuse out of the anonymity of the internet,” said the ministry.