Nearly 900 suspected pedophiles have been arrested and almost 300 children identified or rescued from their abusers following the massive takedown of an underground online pedophile network, US and European police said Friday. A more than two-year investigation into the notorious Playpen network and its members led to the arrests, the Federal

Bureau of Investigation and Europol said, an announcement that came just days after a US court sentenced Playpen founder and administrator Steven Chase to 30 years in prison. The arrest of Florida-based Chase in December 2014 set off a sweeping global probe into the users of the members-only forum. Playpen was buried deep online in what is known as the “darknet,” where Tor anonymity software and encryption hide often illegal activities. FULL REPORT