German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark web

German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark web

German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark web

The mother of the boy, Berrin T., 48, and her partner Christian L., 39, will serve twelve-and-a-half-year and twelve-year prison sentences respectively for selling Berrin's son on the area of the internet that can not be accessed by search engines.

The regional court in Freiburg sentenced the boy's mother to 12½ years in prison.

The 48-year-old mother will not appeal her 12-and-a-half-year prison sentence because she wanted to signal to her 10-year-old son that "things would be quiet now", her lawyer Matthias Wagner said.

Six other offenders have also been jailed in relation to the case, including a 33-year-old Spanish national who received a 10-year sentence after admitting he raped the boy on at least 15 occasions and had paid the couple more than 10,000 euros. As for Berrin, the judge described her as initially participating in the scheme in order to maintain her relationship with Christian but says she then became motivated by money; videos of the abuse were also sold on the darknet.

They also were ordered to pay $49,200 in damages to the boy and a 3-year-old girl whom they also abused.

The Freiburg state court ruled that the 39-year-old man must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.

Eight people allegedly part of an online paedophile ring have been arrested.

The abuse was filmed and the crimes were carried out over a two-year period. Several men have already been convicted in separate trials.

The mother had threatened her son with foster care if he did not comply to the abuse, the court had heard.

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 mother's partner was supposed to be banned from having contact with children following his earlier abuse conviction.

Police in the town of Baden-Württemberg reported they had arrested a number of suspects in September 2017, reported Deutsche Welle.

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