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

FREIBURG GERMANY- AUGUST 07 ATTENTION EDITORS Pixelation done in accordance with court orders. Defendants Christian L. and Berrin T. arrive for their pronouncement of judgement on charges related to sexual abuse of a minor at the regional cour

FREIBURG GERMANY- AUGUST 07 ATTENTION EDITORS Pixelation done in accordance with court orders. Defendants Christian L. and Berrin T. arrive for their pronouncement of judgement on charges related to sexual abuse of a minor at the regional cour

The Freiburg state court in southwestern Germany convicted the couple of serious sexual abuse of children, 21 counts in his case and 19 in hers.

Lais, 39, was allowed to live in their home despite a previous conviction for child abuse and a court order to stay away from minors.

A German mother and her partner who sold the woman's son for sex on the internet have been convicted over his repeated rape in a case that has horrified the country.

Taha and Lais, both German nationals, were accused of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.

On Monday, the same court sentenced a Spanish paedophile, Javier Gonzalez Diaz, to 10 years' prison for repeatedly sexually abusing the young boy after paying the parents.

Three German men and one Swiss citizen have already been convicted in separate trials.

The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.

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

The Freiburg court also ordered the two abusers to pay 42,500 euros ($A66,260) in damages to the boy and a young girl, another victim in the case.

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

Christian was supposed to be barred from having contact with children and the boy was removed from the couple's custody in March 2017.

They charged several thousand euros (dollars) for each instance of abuse, filmed the acts and posted them on the darknet.

Officials took the boy away from his mother in March a year ago following vague indications from police that he might be at risk, but a local court sent him back weeks later on condition that she not allow any contact between the child and her partner.

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