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

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 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.

Several men, believed to be pedophile "clients" of the couple, have also been prosecuted in connection with the case.

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.

The couple allowed four other men to sexually abuse the boy - among them a German soldier, a Swiss man and a Spaniard who admitted paying the couple 10,000 euros ($11,560) to rape the boy multiple times and was convicted in a separate trial Monday.

Six others are accused of being part of the paedophile ring in which the boy was abused.

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

A German court has handed down lengthy sentences to the parents convicted of selling their son to paedophiles on the darknet.


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In the following months, the court said, the woman organized assaults on a 2-year-old girl she occasionally looked after.

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.

He also made serious accusations against the child's mother.

The verdict against the mother and stepfather in the case, which police have called one of the most atrocious they have investigated, is expected on Tuesday.

Local authorities in Germany have been accused of failing to protect the boy, who now lives with a foster family.

The woman's partner was supposed to be banned from having contact with children, due to his previous conviction.

The Freiburg court also ordered the two abusers to pay 42 500 euros (49 200 dollars) in damages to the boy and a young girl, another victim in the case.

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