Spain’s stolen children

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Catholic Church implicated in ‘stolen babies’ scandal

Lawyers believe up to 300,000 Spanish babies were taken from their mothers and sold for adoption over a 50-year period.

A BBC Two documentary investigating the scandal,This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies, was broadcast on Tuesday. Hospitals are accused of colluding with the Catholic Church to remove babies from ‘undesirable’ parents and sell them to childless couples whose faith and wealth were deemed to offer a better life to the children.

The practice began under General Franco, initially to take children from political opponents, but continued after his death in 1975.

In 1987 the government took control of adoptions away from hospitals and the child trafficking died out. Today, many Spaniards are taking DNA tests to try to find out who their real parents are.

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