Spain looking into 849 cases of stolen babies

June 19, 2011

The AP reports:

Spanish prosecutors are investigating 849 cases of newborn children stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for profit, the country’s attorney general said Friday. Candido Conde-Pumpido said 162 cases had already been referred for trial and only 38 have been dropped for a lack of evidence. It is well documented that babies were taken from women who had supported the defeated Republican side after Spain’s 1936-39 civil war. However, some of the baby trafficking cases are as recent as the mid-1990s. … Investigating magistrate Baltasar Garzon has calculated there could have been 30,000 baby thefts in Spain in the wake of the civil war.

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