15 Oct 2011

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10/16/2011: “300,000 babies stolen from their parents – and sold for adoption,” Mail Online

An October 16, 2011 article at London’s Mail Online talks about a new BBC documentary about baby trafficking by the Catholic church of Spain. The new film will air on BBC2 this Tuesday, at 9:00 a.m (I’m guessing that’s British time!) An excerpt from the article:

“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.

But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.

In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents…”

Full link to article: http://m.dailymail.co.uk/mobile/news/article.html?articleID=2049647

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  1. I am just speechless.

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