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300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

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.

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.’

Experts believe the cases may account for up to 15 per cent of the total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.

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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.

Experts believe the cases may account for up to 15 per cent of the total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.

Remember that Spain was a dicatorship for most of the time this was going on.

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It'll be hard to pin this latest scandal on homosexuals and a too permissive secular society, but the leadership of the Catholic Church no doubt will try.

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church will protect their own, as they have done each time before.

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Also it seems odd that this isn't bigger news.

I've seen nothing about this on twitter or anywhere else.

I think it might be wrong to characterize this as an international church scandal.

If it is real.

These kinds of things often happen in places where the local religious leaders are in bed with the ruling dictatorship.

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I'm looking at the home page of the Daily Mail website. Is this a reliable news source.

Perhaps if you'd read it you'd realize they are running this story based on a BBC documentary. Do you consider the BBC a reliable news source?

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I'm looking at the home page of the Daily Mail website. Is this a reliable news source.

Prone to sensationalism, but not a fraud. And they're reporting on a BBC documentary. The Guardian also has a brief piece:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/27/spanish-babies-stolen-clinic/print

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That Protestant upbringing of mine is looking better and better every day.

If you measure your morality against the leadership of the Catholic Church, you're aiming almost as low as you can get.

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Prone to sensationalism, but not a fraud. And they're reporting on a BBC documentary. The Guardian also has a brief piece:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/27/spanish-babies-stolen-clinic/print

If this were a true story, wouldn't news sources such as the Washington Post and NY Times be reporting this? Not saying it isn't true but I'm looking for a little more info than from just a tabloid.

When I search BBC news website for "catholic", this story did not pop up. Why would a story of this magnitude not show up on the BBC website?

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If this were a true story, wouldn't news sources such as the Washington Post and NY Times be reporting this? Not saying it isn't true but I'm looking for a little more info than from just a tabloid.

When I search BBC news website for "catholic", this story did not pop up. Why would a story of this magnitude not show up on the BBC website?

Because you suck at using Google?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016d7hz

---------- Post added October-17th-2011 at 11:28 AM ----------

Here's a second, follow-up story on BBC's website regarding Spain's investigation into the matter:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-12886441

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Because you suck at using Google?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016d7hz

---------- Post added October-17th-2011 at 11:28 AM ----------

OK, I suck at google.

So the beginning of the article that says "Spain is reeling from an avalanche of allegations of baby theft and baby trafficking." I go to google news and type: spain baby theft - and get one relevant hit.

That doesn't add up.

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Go to bbc new site, type in catholic or spain, and this story doesn't even come up. This story is so unimportant to BBC that they aren't even putting it on their news site.

You really do suck with search engines. If you go to the BBC news site ant type in "Spain babies" the first two items that pop up are related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/search/news/?q=Spain%20babies

Perhaps it's not more prominent on their website because this story is 6 months old.

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You really do suck with search engines. If you go to the BBC news site ant type in "Spain babies" the first two items that pop up are related to this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/search/news/?q=Spain%20babies

Perhaps it's not more prominent on their website because this story is 6 months old.

And the story you just posted doesn't present the catholic church the same way the tabloid story you just posted today. You suck at presenting timely, relevant stories that don't try to twist the story to be sensationalistic.

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And the story you just posted doesn't present the catholic church the same way the tabloid story you just posted today. You suck at presenting timely, relevant stories that don't try to twist the story to be sensationalistic.

Sensitive much?

Here's a Time article on the story:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2059563,00.html

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And the story you just posted doesn't present the catholic church the same way the tabloid story you just posted today. You suck at presenting timely, relevant stories that don't try to twist the story to be sensationalistic.

You get what you pay for. :)

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