German couple tried over rape, online selling of 9-year-old

BERLIN – A German mother and her partner accused of repeatedly raping the woman‘s young son and selling him for sex on the internet have gone on trial in a case that has horrified the country.

News agency dpa reported that the trial of the 48-year-old woman and the 39-year-old man opened Monday at the state court in the southwestern city of Freiburg. Prosecutor Nikola Novak said that they are charged with aggravated rape and forced prostitution in nearly 50 cases, among other offences.

The two are accused of repeatedly abusing and raping the boy, who is now 9, and selling him to other men online for over two years. The abuse was filmed.

The pair and six others were arrested last fall. Two men have already been convicted in separate trials.