German couple jailed for selling son to pedophiles on the internet

08 August, 2018, 19:58 | Author: Bert Pena
  • The couple are seen with their lawyers

Several men, believed to be pedophile "clients" of the couple, have also been prosecuted in connection with the case.

The case has horrified Germany, not least because the authorities - who knew that the mother's partner was a convicted paedophile - missed opportunities to rescue the boy, our correspondent says.

The two were accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the boy, now 10, and selling him to other men online for more than two years.

A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son on the darknet to pedophiles and raping and abusing him themselves, per the Local.

Berrin Taha and Christian Lais, both German nationals, stand accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.

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Six men who paid to abuse the boy will serve between eight and 10 years; the mother, Berrin T., will serve 12.5; her partner, Christian L., will serve 12. The court ruled that the man, who had a previous conviction for child sex offenses, must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.

Video footage catalogued the horror of the boy's abuse, which included him being tied up and subjected to verbal humiliation.

Police exposed the paedophile ring after they received an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public.

The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them. The mom said she went along with the abuse at first out of fear of losing her boyfriend - then later for "financial motives", the judge said.

Officials took the boy away from his mother in March past year following vague indications from police that he might be at risk, but a local court sent him back weeks later on condition that she not allow any contact between the child and her partner.

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