Spain’s Stolen Babies

Spain is reeling from an avalanche of allegations of baby theft and baby trafficking. It is thought that the trade began at the end of the Spanish civil war and continued for 50 years, with hundreds of thousands of babies traded by nuns, priests and doctors up to the 1990s. This World reveals the impact of Spain’s stolen baby scandal through the eyes of the children and parents who were separated at birth, and who are now desperate to find their relatives.

Exhumations of the supposed graves of babies and positive DNA tests are proof that baby theft has happened. Across Spain, people are queuing up to take a DNA test and thousands of Spaniards are asking ‘Who am I?’

Katya Adler has been meeting the heartbroken mothers who are searching for the children whom they were told died at birth, as well as the stolen and trafficked babies who are now grown up and searching for their biological relatives and their true identities.

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  • Elkk

    A very interesting documentary. Very, very sad and it made me so angry… how on earth can the catholic church still exist?… They are against contraception and abortion but molesting and abusing children and child trafficking is ok…????? I can´t believe that people still have faith in a church like that…  

    • Anonymous

      The Catholic Church does not support molesting or child abuse or child trafficking. People still have faith in it, because they understand the true teachings of the church.

  • Outraged

    What a heartbreaking film. I could not be more angry at the church. What god are these people worshiping exactly?! How could you live your life in such a way as to lie to yourself for so long and believe that what you have done was for the best when it has hurt so many people? Having lost my mother recently, I think I was more affected thinking that had I been in one of these children’s shoes, I might never have known her. How do you begin to even wrap your head around a concept like that? My hopes are that these families find some peace and are, in the end, reunited in some capacity; spreading light on the truth.

    This isn’t the first time that the Catholic church has been involved in something like this on a wide scale. They did it in conjunction with the US government with the Native Americans, they also broke up families in the UK, sending children off to Australia. It’s disheartening and sickening. But you know, things like this can’t stay in the dark forever, and these days light is shed on the dirt you do as soon as you do it. The church is sitting on a lot of money, money gained from tears and blood. I think some of that money deserves to be put back into the communities that they hurt so deeply. The victims may not care at all about the money, but since it seems that the church cares so much about this golden idol that they would operate a devilish scheme such as this on such a large scale, they deserve to have what they love and value taken away from them in the same way as these poor parent of Spain’s stolen children.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. This scandal is awful, however this is not a representation of the Catholic Church. Catholic doctrine condemns this kind of behavior. This is not to be confused with corrupt individuals in the Church, the same as there are corrupt Protestants or any other faith. There have always been and will always be corrupt and evil Catholics, just like there have always been and will always be corrupt and evil Protestants, but, in order to see what the Catholic church is really about, you have to look into the doctrine of the church, which as never changed.

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