Germany jails couple jailed for pimping young son online
Lais, 39, had a previous conviction for child abuse, raising questions why he was allowed to live in a home with a child present.
In a case that shocked the country and raised serious questions about child protection services in Germany, the regional court in Freiburg sentenced the boy's mother, Berrin Taha, to 12-and-a-half years in prison.
Her husband Christian Lais, the boy's stepfather whom he called "papa", received a 12-year sentence followed by preventive detention.
They were convicted of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography, judge Stefan Buergelin said as he read out the verdict.
The 33-year-old was also ordered to pay 18,000 euros to the young victim.
The case came to light following an anonymous tip-off last September and led to the arrest of eight people who have been charged with belonging to an online pedophile ring.
Lais admitted on the witness stand to the assaults on the boy.
He also made serious accusations against the child's 48-year-old mother, who confessed to the crimes but remained largely silent about any possible motive during the trial.
In his verdict, Buergelin said Taha went along with the abuse at first so she would not lose Lais as a partner and later "for financial motives".
They charged several thousand euros (dollars) for each instance of abuse, filmed the acts and posted them on the darknet.
The boy is in foster care. His lawyer told reporters Tuesday that he was doing well "under the circumstances".
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