A court in Friburg, southern Germany, has jailed a woman and her spouse for selling her son to paedophiles on the dark net for sex.
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BBC reports that the woman, Christian L, 39, was sentenced to 12 years and six months, while her husband, the boy’s stepfather, Berrin T, 48, was jailed 12 years.
The boy was nine when the trial began in June.
During the trial, it emerged that the couple had sexually abused the boy themselves for at least two years.
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.
On Monday, the court jailed a Spanish man for 10 years for sexually abusing the boy repeatedly.
Five other men have also been prosecuted in connection with the abuse.
The couple were found guilty of rape, sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.
The boy is now living with foster parents.
According to BBC, The German media reported that child welfare authorities in Baden-Württemberg state had been seriously criticised for failing to stop the couple’s abuse.
Case psychiatrist, Hartmut Pleines, quoted by Spiegel news, said the mother’s claim that she was in thrall to her partner when she committed the abuse, was false.