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Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

German couple jailed after selling son for sex on the internet

German couple jailed after selling son for sex on the internet

The 48-year-old mother and her 39-year-old boyfriend were sentenced to 12 years and 12-and-a-half years respectively for repeatedly raping the young boy and selling him to other paedophiles online.

In a case that horrified Germany, the defendant Javier Gonzalez Diaz was convicted by the regional court in Freiburg of "14 counts of aggravated sexual assault, one count of rape and one count of bodily harm while making child pornography", judge Stefan Buergelin said.

A German mother and her partner were convicted Tuesday over the repeated rape of the woman's young son and for selling him for sex on the internet.

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The couple also sexually abused a three-year-old girl in 2015.

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

Her partner Christian Lais, the boy's stepfather whom he called "papa", received a 12-year sentence, followed by preventive detention.

The case has shocked and horrified Germany and local authorities are now being accused of failing to protect the boy who was removed from the couple once past year, but returned to the pair just weeks later.

It is reported that the court found the mother and her beau guilty of molesting the 10-year-old boy.

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

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

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.

The boy is now living with foster parents.

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