Couple convicted of selling son to pedophiles on dark web

The couple are seen with their lawyers

Photographers take pictures of the a man and a woman in the court in Freiburg, southern Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 before they were sentenced to long-term prison sentence for for offering the 9-year-old son of the woman for raping by pedophiles. Several other men have already been convicted in separate trials.

She received a jail term of 12 and a half years, and the stepfather was sentenced to 12 years for the torment they put her son, aged nine at the time, through. For committing this shameful crime, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

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

Berrin Taha and Christian Lais, both German nationals, stand accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography. It ruled that the man must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.

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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.

During the trial, it emerged that the couple had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.

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

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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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.

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.

The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them.

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