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Offline phred

Hundreds of Spanish Babies Stolen and Sold
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:11:57 PM »
:ranger:


    Hundreds of Spanish babies 'stolen from clinics and sold for adoption'


    The families of 261 babies who disappeared in Spanish hospitals
     over five decades call for an investigation



    ~ excerpts ~

   
Quote

    Hundreds of Spanish babies were stolen from their parents
    by a secret network of doctors and nurses and sold for adoption,
    according to a petition filed in Madrid.

    The families of 261 babies who disappeared in Spanish hospitals
    over five decades called on the attorney general to open
    an investigation into the scandal,

    after presenting evidence from former employees at maternity clinics
    and parents who admitted illegally adopting babies.

    What started as a system for taking children away from families
    deemed to be politically dangerous to the regime of General Francisco Franco
    became an illicit business that continued at least until the 1980s...

    Doctors, nurses, nuns and priests
    are all suspected of lying to mothers who were told their children
    had died during, or straight after, birth.

    Journalists investigating a clinic in Madrid at the centre of the allegations
    found a baby's corpse in a fridge, leading to suggestions that bodies
    were kept to show parents to prove their own child had died.

   


    For the full story:

   http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/27/spanish-babies-stolen-clinic?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487




 

Offline phred

Re: Hundreds of Spanish Babies Stolen and Sold
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2012, 05:29:39 PM »
:ranger:


    Sister María Gómez named as suspect in one of more
      than 1,500 cases of suspected trafficking of babies from hospitals



  ~ excerpts ~
   
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   An 80-year-old nun has become the first person to be accused
   of baby snatching in the scandal over the trafficking of newborns
   in Spanish hospitals.

   Although the nun's name appears in many of the complaints
   made by those seeking lost children, the accusation centres
   on a single case involving María Luisa Torres and
   her 29-year-old daughter, Pilar.

   They were reunited eight months ago after families affected
   by the trafficking began campaigning for the truth.

   The nun, who worked with two Madrid clinics in the 1970s and 80s,
   had placed ads in local newspapers offering to help single mothers.

   Torres said Gómez promised to put the baby in an orphanage
   where she could visit her until she was able to look after the
   child herself. But after the birth Gómez told her the baby had
   been given to another family.

   When Torres complained, the nun allegedly threatened to denounce her
   for the crime of infidelity and have her other daughter,
   born to her first husband, taken away.

   "Her words were: 'I'm taking this one away and I can take the other one too.
    And then you'll go to jail,'" Torres told Antena 3 television.

    Pilar's adopted parents took her to see Gómez when she began
    to ask after her birth mother. The nun allegedly told them
    Pilar's mother had been a prostitute.

    Last year, as hundreds of alleged cases of baby snatching began
    to emerge, Torres's other two daughters set out to find their lost sister.

    In July a TV programme put the families in contact and paid for DNA tests.

    In at least three cases that remain open, graves have been opened
    and found to be empty.

    A campaign that started with an alleged 261 victims in January 2011
    has since seen more than 1,500 complaints lodged at court houses
    around the country.

   


    For the full news story ~

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/16/spanish-baby-snatching-accuse-nun?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

 

Offline phred

Re: Hundreds of Spanish Babies Stolen and Sold
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2012, 05:31:43 PM »
:ranger:


     This is atrocity... and another cautionary tale of what happens
     when the people lose their voice in government.

   
 

Offline sammy

Re: Hundreds of Spanish Babies Stolen and Sold
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 05:50:20 PM »
This is a tragedy for the birth mother, the child and the adopted parents. A lot of heartache for everyone involved.
It's better to have a few REAL friends than to have a thousand FAKE ones.
 

Offline Steve.Deserved.Better

Re: Hundreds of Spanish Babies Stolen and Sold
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2012, 08:24:34 AM »
Quote
   "Her words were: 'I'm taking this one away and I can take the other one too.
    And then you'll go to jail,'" Torres told Antena 3 television.

This is also an atrocity.   
He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.
Samuel Adams