A woman who sold her 7-year-old son to pedophiles on the dark web was sentenced to 12½ years in jail by a court Wednesday.
Berrin Taha, 48, was sentenced in a German court alongside her spouse, Christian Lais, 39, the boy’s stepfather.
Lais, who had a past conviction for pedophilia, was too sentenced to 12 years in jail.
The couple were part of a pedophile ring who traded kids on the untraceable darknet — part of the internet where identities are concealed and criminal activity (such as sharing child abuse pics) thrives.
The judge stated Taha decided to go along with Lais’ abuse of her son because she was scared of losing him, and ultimately for financial gain. The item charged several thousand dollars for each particular of abuse.
The sessions with the child were too filmed and posted online.
Lais and Taha were convicted of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography.
The victim, now 10-years-old, was tricked out by his parents on the darknet between May 2015 and August 2017.
Law enforcement was tipped off about the pedophile ring last year in September and have since apprehended and charged 8 people.
Taha and Lais were ordered to pay the boy $50,000 in compensation. The boy, who is residing now with foster parents, is holding up well “under the circumstances” his foster father told the court.