German couple jailed for selling son to pedophiles on the internet

Defendants Christian L. and Berrin T. arrive for their pronouncement of judgement on charges related to sexual abuse of a minor at the regional court in Freiburg

Defendants Christian L. and Berrin T. arrive for their pronouncement of judgement on charges related to sexual abuse of a minor at the regional court in Freiburg

A woman and her partner in southern Germany were on Tuesday (Aug 7) sentenced to jail for selling her young son to paedophiles on the darknet.

German prosecutors have also gone after other suspected members of the pedophile ring.

News agency dpa reported that the Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany sentenced the woman, who has been identified only as Berrin T.in line with German privacy rules, to 12 1/2 years in prison for rape, sexual abuse and forced prostitution. For committing this shameful crime, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

The 39-year-old admitted the 100-page charge sheet was accurate, except for a few minor details, saying that he had put pressure on his girlfriend to allow her son to be raped and abused by men they found online.

The pair and six others were arrested last autumn, and several men have already been convicted in separate trials.

Her partner, Christian L, was sentenced to 12 years by the court in Freiburg.

The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.

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The mother was often near the scene of the abuse by other men "to exert a calming influence on her child", and in the case of one client participated herself, the court said.

A German court on Tuesday handed down lengthy jail sentences to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their now 10-year old son.

The couple distributed videos of the sexual abuse across the dark net, selling it for large sums of money.

Police started investigating after receiving an anonymous tip in 2017.

The judge, Stefan Bürgelin, said the child's mother started abusing her child after her partner, Christian L, threatened to leave her.

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.

The couple was also ordered to pay 42,500 euros ($49,200) in damages to the boy and another victim, a girl.

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