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

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

The German nationals, 48 and 39 years old, had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.

In a case that horrified Germany, the defendant Javier Gonzalez Diaz was convicted by the regional court in Freiburg of "14 counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of rape and one count of bodily harm while making child pornography", judge Stefan Buergelin said.

The sickening abuse lasted for more than two years, the Freiburg state court heard this week.

Police arrested the couple previous year after being tipped off by an anonymous person.

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 case has shocked Germany and sparked a row over how the couple were able to sell the boy for sex for thousands of euros even though they were already on the...

The man, who has a previous conviction for child abuse, must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.

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The pair have only been identified by the pseudonyms Berrin T and Christian L in line with German privacy rules.

The couple were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography between May 2015 and August 2017.

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

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

As part of this morning's verdict, the couple were also ordered to pay €42,500 in compensation to the boy and another survivor of the abuse - a young girl.

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.

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