Spanish paedophile jailed in Germany for 'buying' boy online

They were also convicted of repeatedly raping the young boy and filming the abuse

They were also convicted of repeatedly raping the young boy and filming the abuse

A German couple have been jailed for selling their 9-year-old son to paedophiles for sex on the dark web.

Six other man were also given sentences for sexually abusing the young boy.

They were sentenced to prison in a case that has horrified the country.

Prosecutors had demanded a 12-year prison sentence.

The court heard they sold the boy - who is now 10-years-old - on the darknet, a part of the internet that can only be accessed using special software.

Six men who paid to abuse the boy will serve between eight and 10 years; the mother, Berrin T., will serve 12.5; her partner, Christian L., will serve 12.

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

The mother's partner, who already had a previous conviction of serious child abuse, confessed to the court in June that he was the "driving force" behind the crimes. The verdict was based on confessions by the pair and the videos of the abuse.

The court also ordered the couple to pay 42,500 euros (about $49,100) to the boy and a young girl who was also a victim, The Associated Press reported.

Police in the town of Baden-Württemberg reported they had arrested a number of suspects in September 2017, reported Deutsche Welle.

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". The mom said she went along with the abuse at first out of fear of losing her boyfriend - then later for "financial motives", the judge said.

Local authorities have been accused of failing to protect the boy from his abusive parents, after officials removed him from his home, but returned him back weeks later.

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