An unmarried mother sedated her five-year-old son before handing him to a paedophile who sexually abused the boy on three occasions in exchange for cash, a court was told yesterday.
The 32-year-old clerk, whose name was not revealed to protect her son's identity, denied one charge of conspiracy to commit buggery. She also faced an alternative charge of conspiracy to commit indecent assault.
Simon Tam Man-fai, senior assistant director of public prosecutions, told the Court of First Instance that the woman met the man on the internet and knew he was a paedophile. But she allowed her son to be molested for money. She also had sex with him herself, Tam said.
The prosecution said she took the boy to the man's flat in Sham Tseng three times between April and September 2011. The assaults took place inside the flat.
"Every time the defendant took the child to the man, she knew clearly the man would have sex with the boy. Every time, she took the boy there, she would put him on a drug to reduce the pain and let him forget what had happened," Tam told the court.
The incident came to light when she quit her job on July 5 last year. Her employer followed the usual company practice to check the MSN records of its former workers in order to delete their personal messages.
The employer was shocked to read 39 pages of dialogue between the mother and another party on topics about sex and having sex with a child.
The employer contacted the Social Welfare Department, which referred the case to the police, who took action.
Policeman Leung Chun-yu, who arrested the woman, testified that she told him she knew the man from the internet. She admitted taking her son to Shum Tseng to meet the man, he said.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-Sun.