Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

German couple jailed for selling son, 9, to paedophiles on dark web

German couple jailed for selling son, 9, to paedophiles on dark web

Those pedophiles paid as much as $11,500 each time they abused him, and prosecutors identified more than 50 overall acts of rape, abuse, humiliation, and bondage.

One of the convicted Germans, a 44-year-old man, was allowed to rape the boy but was stopped by his mother after he expressed his wish to kill him.

Case psychiatrist, Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel news, said the mother's claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse, was false.

The woman's 39-year-old male partner was handed a 12-year prison term followed by "preventive detention", which could delay his release on the grounds that he poses a danger to the public.

The couple were accused of repeatedly raping and abusing the boy from May 2015, and selling him online to other men for sex since 2016, a court in southern Germany said in a statement Tuesday.

Berrin was sentenced to 12½ years in prison while Christian received a 12-year sentence in Freiburg state court. Some of the abuse was filmed.

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The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay €18,000 (S$28,464) to the young victim.

Local authorities have been accused of failing to protect the boy, who now lives with a foster family, as the mother's partner was supposed to be banned from having contact with children.

Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.

The case came to light following an anonymous tip last September, and led to the arrest of eight people who have been charged with belonging to an online paedophile ring.

The boy was taken out of the family home in March past year, but was sent back weeks later by a local court.

He also made serious accusations against the child's mother, who confessed to the crimes but remained largely silent about any possible motive during the trial. His lawyer told reporters Tuesday that he was doing well "under the circumstances".

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