Buying drugs and guns online

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It's possible to order weapons like grenade launchers and pistols, as well as drugs like cocaine and heroin, via the internet on a site called Silk Road. But Silk Road cannot be accessed with a normal internet connection.

To get to the site you have to use the Tor-network, which allows people to do things on the internet in complete anonymity. The Dutch Justice Ministry wants to go after criminals who go online via the network to sell weapons, drugs and to disseminate child pornography.

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