The coco.gg site, a hub of illegal practices, closed by decision of the Paris prosecutor’s office

The coco.gg site was closed by decision of the Paris prosecutor’s office (Illustrative photo). PASCAL BONNIERE / PHOTOPQR/VOIX DU NORD/MAXPPP

Known to be the hub of illegal practices, the discussion site coco.gg was closed by the courts, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced on X, Tuesday June 25, without further details. According to a source close to the matter, the owner of the site was arrested abroad and his wife was in police custody on Tuesday in the Var.

The coco.gg site was no longer accessible on Tuesday, and displayed the message on a blue background from the gendarmerie: “This site was closed by the general directorate of customs and indirect rights and the national gendarmerie, under the authority of Junalco [juridiction nationale en charge de la lutte contre la criminalité organisée] of the Paris public prosecutor’s office ».

To enter coco.gg, which presents itself as a “chat site without registration”all you had to do was enter your gender, age, postal code and create a nickname, without any control.

On the left column of the home page, there were themes like « cuisine », ” movie theater “, « 60 et + »but also other more sexual ones like “unfaithful women” (sic) or even very raw such “trav slut”or with potentially pedocriminal connotations such as “high school girl”. On the right column were listed members, with their nickname, age and city.

“A site full of attackers”

The website was notably associated with police or legal cases, such as that of Dominique P. who used it to recruit men to rape his wife, or the recent murder of Philippe Coopman in Grande-Synthe.

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The SOS Homophobia association requested its closure after the ambush of which a homosexual was the victim in Marseille at the beginning of October 2023.

In the documentary Ambush, invisible crimes, released in April 2023, Mediapart also warned of the significant number of homophobic traps developed with complete impunity on Coco chat. At least 300 men were trapped and violently attacked between 2018 and 2022, according to our colleagues. At the end of April, four men, including two minors, were indicted after several attacks in Saint-Pol-sur-Mer (North) on victims who had an appointment via coco.gg.

The coco.gg site is also in the crosshairs of child protection associations, such as Innocence in Danger, which had also requested its closure, by launching a petition.

For her, coco.gg is “a site of unimaginable accessibility which is full of attackers of all kinds: pedophiles, rapists, homophobes, etc. » Il “has been associated with police or judicial matters for almost as long as it has existed. He is known for his lack of moderation which allows the worst abuses to proliferate”asserted his petition.

According to The world, this site belongs to a company registered in Bulgaria. It has previously been owned by several other companies, with one owner remaining “actually identical” : and “discreet engineer” installed in the Var.

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