Nuns who ran a Catholic children's home in Germany "pimped" out orphans to priests, government officials and other prominent men, an alleged child-rape victim claimed, Insider and other news organizations reported Thursday.
The victim, Karl Haucke, has been awarded compensation by Germany's Darmstaft Social Welfare Court after his allegations that nuns forced him into sexual abuse by men at parties when he was just five was accepted.
Haucke, now 63, said he was raped more than 1,000 times over the 10 years he lived at the now closed orphanage in the 1960s and 1970s. He said the nuns were paid by priests for sex with young boys.
The victim struggles with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He has been awarded 25,000 euros ($30,720) by a German court.
The events became public when bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann named former vicar Rudolf Motzenbäcker as the primary abuser. Motzenbäcker died in 1998.
Haucke said he was routinely taken by nuns to Motzenbäcker's home where he was raped, Der Spiegel reported. Haucke said on one occasion he was raped by three priests at one time.
The former altar boy at the Speyer Cathedral said he was beaten if he resisted.
"There was a room where the nuns served food and drinks to the men and in the other corner the children were raped," The New York Post reported quoting court records.
Many of the children who were sexually abused have since died - some by suicide, he said, according to news reports.