German woman sold son, 9, to German pedophile ring

World | 12 Jan 2018 8:54 pm

German police have released harrowing details of a pedophile ring  in which a 47-year-old mother and her partner repeatedly sexually abused her son, 9, and made him available for rape in exchange for money, Deutsche Welle reports, citing DPA.

Authorities arrested the mother and her 37-year-old partner, a previously convicted pedophile, back in September in the city of Freiburg in southwestern Germany, where most of the acts are also reported to have taken place over two years.

Six suspects who also allegedly abused the boy have also been taken into custody, among them a German soldier based with the Franco-German brigade in Alsace. A Swiss and a Spanish national, both residing in Austria, were also detained, as was a German man who had previously spoken of his urge to carry out violent acts on children. He was caught with a pair of handcuffs in his backpack.

None of the suspects' names has been released under Germany's strict privacy laws.

"I don't remember a comparable case of this dimension in [the state of] Baden-Württemberg," said State Criminal Police spokesman Horst Haug, Deutsche Welle reports.

Authorities were made aware of the pedophile ring in September 2017 through an anonymous tip-off. Five days later, the mother and her partner were detained and the child was taken into state custody.

During the investigation, however, police discovered that the two had also abused and raped the boy themselves.

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