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European Journal

Spain: The Stolen Children

Tens of thousands of children are believed to have been taken away from their mothers during Franco's regime and placed with adoptive parents. Now they're demanding investigations.

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Antonio B. - Victim of the organized baby trafficking during General Franco's dictatorship

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In some cases, children with ear infections admitted to hospital allegedly died there. But did they? A growing movement in Spain claims that thousands of babies were trafficked during General Franco's dictatorship with the help of crooked doctors and lawyers - but producing evidence is far from straightforward. Hundreds of criminal complaints have now been registered in the courts.