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.
On Tuesday, the Freidburg court convicted the couple for forced prostitution, rape, sexual and physical abuse, humiliation and bondage in nearly 60 separate identified acts.
A German couple was tossed behind bars for 12 years Tuesday for selling custom-made online videos of them sexually abusing their son. Prosecutors say it was partly due to her relationship with her partner.
Her partner Christian Lais, the boy's stepfather whom he called "papa", received a 12-year sentence followed by preventive detention.
The pair were accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the boy, who is now 10, and selling him to other men on the dark net for more than two years.
The abuse was filmed and the crimes were carried out over a two-year period.
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Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.
The couple and six others were arrested previous year.
The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.
The court found that the unemployed couple had sexually assaulted the boy, now 10, and pimped him on the so-called dark net between May 2015 and August 2017.
The judge, Stefan Bürgelin, said the child's mother started abusing her child after her partner, Christian L, threatened to leave her.
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...
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.