Sunday, 1 March 2015

300,000 Spanish babies stolen and sold for adoption

"Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals."

"The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties."

"Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.  Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth. .."

"Journalist Katya Adler, who has investigated the scandal, says: ‘The situation is incredibly sad for thousands of people."

"‘There are men and women across Spain whose lives have been turned upside-down by discovering the people they thought were their parents actually bought them for cash. There are also many mothers who have maintained for years that their babies did not die – and were labelled "hysterical" – but are now discovering that their child has probably been alive and brought up by somebody else all this time.’ "

"This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies is on BBC2 on Tuesday at 9pm."
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