Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

German couple convicted of selling child on the darknet

German couple convicted of selling child on the darknet

The boy is now 10 years old, according to German media, and there are huge questions about why authorities failed to intervene earlier, particularly because the mother's partner had a previous child sex abuse conviction.

Several men, believed to be pedophile "clients" of the couple, have also been prosecuted in connection with the case.

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. For committing this shameful crime, she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

The two were accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the boy, now 10, and selling him to other men online for more than two years.

The DPA news agency says that six other people have been sentenced to prison as part of the case.

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

Her partner, Christian L., was sentenced to 12 years. The court ruled that after serving his sentence, the man must also remain in preventive custody.

A German court has handed down lengthy sentences to the parents convicted of selling their son to paedophiles on the darknet.


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

In the following months, the court said, the woman organized assaults on a 2-year-old girl she occasionally looked after. The verdict was based on confessions by the pair and the videos of the abuse.

The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay €18,000 (S$28,464) to the young victim.

Police started investigating after receiving an anonymous tip in 2017.

Katja Ravat, the child's lawyer, said the mother had not shown remorse at any point during trial, adding that she "had hoped that [the defendant] would make a statement, issue a written apology to her child, or at least explains to him why she did it".

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