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Prostitution rings generally involve teenage girls forced by unknown men working as pimps, however in a shocking case from Germany, a couple has been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail for prostituting their own 9-year-old son online, media reported on Wednesday.
Apart from the boy, a 6-year-old girl was also a victim of the pedophile network on the Darknet, in which 6 other men are also accused.
The couple, identified as 39-year-old Berrin T and 48-year-old Christian L were convicted for running an underage rape ring over a 2-year period during which they let their son be repeatedly raped and filmed between May 2015 and August 2017.
Berrin and Christian were convicted on charges of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography, and ordered to pay $49,100 to the two victims of their pedophile network.
Judge Bürgelin, while sentencing the couple, noted the central role played by the mother in the child abuse case. Testimonies given in the court claimed that Berrin initially agreed to arrange for the rape sessions of her son on the dark web as she feared she would lose her partner if she didn't fulfil his pedophile tendencies. Later, she continued with her son's rape sessions for financial gain.
“The child screamed in pain, it was the most violent act,” said Bürgelin to RT after reviewing the abuse videos widely circulated and sold on the Darkweb. “We have not seen any other video on which the child has suffered such pain.”
Apart from the couple, the Freiburg Regional Court has also sentenced 4 men who sexually abused the boy. The 41-year-old Markus K was sentenced to 10 years in jail, 50-year-old Knut S received 8 years in jail, while 37-year-old Swiss national Jürgen W received 9 years and 33-year-old Javier GD from Barcelona received 10 years in jail.