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German couple jailed for pimping son online

August 08, 2018 06:23 AM


German couple jailed for pimping son online
Mother sentenced to 12-and-a-half yrs; her partner, who her son called ‘papa’, got 12 yrs plus preventive detention

A German court handed down lengthy jail sentences Tuesday to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to paedophiles online.

Following a criminal probe that even seasoned investigators said pushed them to the emotional limit, the regional court in Freiburg sentenced the boy’s mother, Berrin Taha, to 12-and-a-half years in prison. Her partner Christian Lais, the boy’s stepfather whom he called “papa”, received a 12-year sentence, followed by preventive detention.

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.

The judges found that the unemployed couple had sexually assaulted the boy, now 10, numerous times and pimped him on the so-called dark net between May 2015 and August 2017. They were convicted of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography, judge Stefan Buergelin said.

The couple was also ordered to pay a total of $49,200 in damages to the boy and another victim, a girl who was temporarily in their care. Taha, 48, said she would not appeal Their sentences fell short of prosecutors’ demands: 14 years, six months for Taha; and 13 years; six months for Lais.

Local judicial and child services officials came in for criticism for having interviewed the mother after concerns about the boy’s welfare arose months before the couple’s arrest, but failing to get his own account. Warnings from the boy’s school about his well-being were dismissed as “vague”.

On Monday, the same court sentenced paedophile Javier Gonzalez Diaz, 33, to 10 years for repeatedly sexually abusing the young boy after paying the parents. The case came to light after a tip-off last September. Eight people allegedly part of an online paedophile ring have been arrested

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