Courts investigate baby thefts in Spain


According to historians and human rights activists, the 1939-1975 dictatorship of General Francisco Franco systematically took children away from parents who supported the 1931-1936 Republican government or who fought on that side during the 1936-1939 civil war.

But there is evidence that the trafficking of babies continued not only during the transition to democracy after Franco’s death in 1975, but until as late as 1990. 


So far, 18 graves have been exhumed in the search for stolen children, and child remains have only been found in three of them – the rest of the coffins were empty, or contained the bones of adults or animals.

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