Catholic Church stole 300,000 babies from their parents – BBC exposes scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain | Mail Online
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. Official documents were forged so
the adoptive parents’ names were on the infants’ birth certificates.
In many cases it is believed they were unaware that the child they
received had been stolen, as they were usually told the birth mother had
given them up. 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.’
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