German couple convicted of rape after selling young son for sex on dark web
07 August, 2018, 23:14
The woman, identified as Berrin T, 48, and partner, identified as Christian L., 39, were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.
A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country.
The Freiburg court jailed Berrin Taha for 12 years and six months, while her partner, Christian Lais, who was the boy's stepfather, received 12 years, the BBC reported.
They charged several thousand euros (dollars) for each instance of abuse, filmed the acts and posted them on the dark net. The court ruled that the man, who had a previous conviction for child sex offenses, must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.
The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.
The boy, who was nine when the trial began in June, was repeatedly sexually abused by Spanish paedophile Javier Gonzalez Diaz.
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The couple distributed videos of the sexual abuse across the dark net, selling it for large sums of money.
The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay 18,000 euros ($20,800) to the young victim.
Local authorities have been accused of failing to protect the boy from his abusive parents, after officials removed him from his home, but returned him back weeks later.
Katja Ravat, the child's lawyer, said the mother had not shown remorse at any point during trial, adding that she "had hoped that [the defendant] would make a statement, issue a written apology to her child, or at least explains to him why she did it". Officials took the boy out of the family in March past year, but a local court sent him back weeks later.
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The video was filmed and uploaded to Facebook by one of the customers who was in the salon during the incident. Prosecutors are now reviewing additional evidence and may later alter those charges, the station reported.
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