A German couple have been sentenced to prison after selling their ten-year-old son to paedophiles for sex on the dark web in what has been described as "the worst case of its kind in German criminal history".
Several men, believed to be pedophile "clients" of the couple, have also been prosecuted in connection with the case.
The couple, who lived in Staufen, Baden-Württemberg, sold the 10-year-old online to eight people who were allowed to abuse the child, with abusers paying the pair up to €10,000, reported The Guardian.
The twisted pair and six others were part of a pedophile ring that was busted a year ago following an anonymous tip.
Her partner, Christian L., was sentenced to 12 years.
A German mother and her partner were convicted and jailed Tuesday for repeatedly raping the woman's young son and selling him to pedophiles on the internet, abusing him for more than two years in a case that has horrified the country. It ruled that the man must remain in preventive custody after serving his sentence.
They were found guilty of rape, aggravated sexual assault of children, forced prostitution and distribution of child pornography following a two-month trial that began in June, according to BBC News.
The stepfather has a previous conviction for paedophilia.
The trial has also raised concerns that officials might sometimes wrongly presume that a woman is incapable of abusing her own child.
In the following months, the court said, the woman organized assaults on a 2-year-old girl she occasionally looked after.
He also made serious accusations against the child's mother.
Police started investigating after receiving an anonymous tip in 2017.
Local authorities in Germany have been accused of failing to protect the boy, who now lives with a foster family.
The couple must now pay €42,500 (£38,000; $49,200) in damages to the boy and to a three-year-old girl, who was also abused by them.