Spain’s 300,000 stolen babies

300,000 babies stolen from their parents – and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

Up to 300,000 Spanish babies were stolen from their parents and sold for adoption over a period of five decades, a new investigation reveals.

The children were trafficked by a secret network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns in a widespread practice that began during General Franco’s dictatorship and continued until the early Nineties.

Hundreds of families who had babies taken from Spanish hospitals are now battling for an official government investigation into the scandal.
Several mothers say they were told their first-born children had died during or soon after they gave birth.

Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him

Identity crisis: Randy Ryder as a baby being cradled in a Malaga hospital in 1971 by the woman who bought him

But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial.

In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents.

Official documents were forged so the adoptive parents’ names were on the infants’ birth certificates.

In many cases it is believed they were unaware that the child they received had been stolen, as they were usually told the birth mother had given them up.

Journalist Katya Adler, who has investigated the scandal, says: ‘The situation is incredibly sad for thousands of people.

‘There are men and women across Spain whose lives have been turned upside-down by discovering the people they thought were their parents actually bought them for cash. There are also many mothers who have maintained for years that their babies did not die – and were labelled “hysterical” – but are now discovering that their child has probably been alive and brought up by somebody else all this time.’

Reunited: Randy Ryder with Manoli Pagador, who believes she may be his real mother

Reunited: Randy Ryder with Manoli Pagador, who believes she may be his real mother

Experts believe the cases may account for up to 15 per cent of the total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.

It began as a system for taking children away from families deemed politically dangerous to the regime of General Franco, which began in 1939. The system continued after the dictator’s death in 1975 as the Catholic church continued to retain a powerful influence on public life, particularly in social services.

It was not until 1987 that the Spanish government, instead of hospitals, began to regulate adoptions.

The scandal came to light after two men, Antonio Barroso and Juan Luis Moreno, discovered they had been stolen as babies.

Mr Moreno’s ‘father’ confessed on his deathbed to having bought him as a baby from a priest in Zaragoza in northern Spain. He told his son he had been accompanied on the trip by Mr Barroso’s parents, who bought Antonio at the same time for 200,000 pesetas – a huge sum at the time.

‘That was the price of an apartment back then,’ Mr Barroso said. ‘My parents paid it in instalments over the course of ten years because they did not have enough money.’

Bought for cash: Journalist Katya Adler with Juan Luis Moreno, who was sold as a baby

Bought for cash: Journalist Katya Adler with Juan Luis Moreno, who was sold as a baby

DNA tests have proved that the couple who brought up Mr Barroso were not his biological parents and the nun who sold him has admitted to doing so.

When the pair made their case public, it prompted mothers all over the country to come forward with their own experiences of being told their babies had died, but never believing it. One such woman was Manoli Pagador, who has begun searching for her son.

A BBC documentary, This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies, follows her efforts to discover if he is Randy Ryder, a stolen baby who was brought up in Texas and is now aged 40.

In some cases, babies’ graves have been exhumed, revealing bones that belong to adults or animals. Some of the graves contained nothing at all.

The BBC documentary features an interview with an 89-year-old woman named Ines Perez, who admitted that a priest encouraged her to fake a pregnancy so she could be given a baby girl due to be born at Madrid’s San Ramon clinic in 1969. ‘The priest gave me padding to wear on my stomach,’ she says.

It is claimed that the San Ramon clinic was one of the major centres for the practice.

Many mothers who gave birth there claim that when they asked to see their child after being told it had died, they were shown a baby’s corpse that appeared to be freezing cold.

The BBC programme shows photographs taken in the Eighties of a dead baby kept in a freezer, allegedly to show grieving mothers.

Despite hundreds of families of babies who disappeared in Spanish hospitals calling on the government to open an investigation into the scandal, no nationally co-ordinated probe has taken place.

As a result of amnesty laws passed after Franco’s death, crimes that took place during his regime are usually not examined. Instead, regional prosecutors across the country are investigating each story on a case-by-case basis, with 900 currently under review.

But Ms Adler says: ‘There is very little political will to get to the bottom of the situation.’

There are believed to be thousands more cases that will never come to light because the stolen children fear their adoptive parents will be seen as criminals.

Many of the families of stolen babies have taken DNA tests in the hope of eventually being matched with their children. Some matches have already been made but, without a nationally co-ordinated database, reuniting lost relatives will be a very difficult process.

  • This World: Spain’s Stolen Babies is on BBC2 on Tuesday at 9pm.

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15 Responses to “Spain’s 300,000 stolen babies”

  1. Aldous says:

    Strange how these exposés about Islamic grooming, Catholic and Church of England kidnap/murder etc are ‘never ending’ but you never hear anything about the (Talmudic) Jews because that would be anti-Semitic wouldn’t it?

    It reminds me of the scenario/situation where the msm continuously report on White rapists – which is true because they are out there but make up a fraction of the total number of such miscreants/b’stards – but non-White rapists stories which make up the vast majority of rapes are suppressed and buried. Whites demonised, non-Whites let off the hook because of a Frankfurt School Marxist agenda.

    Thus truth becomes a near total lie does it not? A lot like the stereotyping and demonising of the male in domestic violence situations where wives trying to kill their husbands is considered laughable, while a husband trying to defend himself in such similar situations is considered a hanging charge.

    One thing is for sure – the wretched BBC and mendacious Daily Mail would never have run such a story about the JEWS and their Talmudic child snatching/killing shenanigans but Catholics/Christianity are fair and legal game.

    • truth says:

      It’s ‘hidden in plain sight’ who the majority of abusers are and who is being abused: it is a white on white crime. Open your eyes the results are on the porn sites – 95% of participants are white. The small 5% are Black, Chinese, Indian etc.

      The UK is 95% white – the crime is not happening in China, Africa or India – but the UK.

      The media play the race angle to stop people thinking. As someone said if they have concentration camps in the UK – they won’t have difficulty hiring people.

      • Aldous says:

        Degrading porn sites are near 100% JEWISH/ILLUMINATI designed/run/owned so what is that about the participants being 95% white got to do with anything?? The Jews will surely defile or denigrate those who are their main threat – and supply?

        You certainly like your 95% don’t you? Britain/UK is far from being 95% White but more like 70% – 80% White after decades of engineered immigration from the Third World.

        I don’t understand your third paragraph or its point but how you can compare the ethnic make-up of porn sites with ‘domestic disputes’ – which is a fact of life and nothing new – is a mystery to me.

        Domestic abuse/violence used to be called ‘domestic disputes’ and people were well advised to stay out of them with good reason – interfering busybodies have been killed. The Frankfurt School Marxist scum seized on this of course.

        Wherever there is a one-way-street of violence and victim-hood status portrayed in the media, you can be certain that the usual suspects are behind it to divide and conquer.

        My wife and I have been married a very long time – half a century – and have loved and hurt each other in equal measure. The last thing we need or will ever tolerate is an alien race of evil predatory parasites not of my blood to pass judgement or laws on how my wife and I behave to one another. Some of our best sex has been after she has given me a bloody nose after I have told her I’ve got a headache. Domestic violence? Domestic bliss more like.

  2. NPP says:


    From Icke’s webiste:
    Buckingham Palace naked man: Watch nude man appearing to climb out of royal residence window
    As Icke says, was Andrew at home?

  3. Aldous says:

    ANY documentary on the BBC is virtually worthless considering they are totally selective on what they make a documentary about. Their anti-Christian agenda is not hard to spot. Would they have run such a story on the malevolent Jews/Talmudic Judaism – or even Moslems/Islam? Of course not. Let’s just have a self hating, self loathing news feed for the stupid Goyim.

    Partial/Selective truth is BRAINWASHING and nothing less. It’s akin to a ‘love triangle’ where only the man is exposed as the villain of the piece but everyone is ultimately guilty in some way and everyone has been ‘at it’.

  4. Klemens says:

    BBC Propaganda for stuiped people!
    BBC belongs to the talmudist and they do not like the christians, especially the catholics.

  5. Bluefeather6 says:
    You will read in this download, of the missing children and also of the government’s child migrant scheme. Watch Sunshine and Oranges and Der Verdinghub and Children Underground, on top documentary films dot com. Apologies are NOT enough, the people must take a stand to expose and stop this satanic influence harming our children.

  6. Why isn’t BBC making a film about Jewish sex and organ trafficking? Why only talk about the Catholic Church and besides the Catholic Church is infiltrated by the Communist Zionist Jews.

    Here is another problem where no one can present the truth without being called an anti-Semite. Professor James Fetzer has done quite a lot of work in exposing certain hoaxes including the question of the “six million”!

    Professor James Fetzer is going through a lot of harassment by Jews in academia which is a shame.

    “Carleton College not only betrays the principles of the liberal arts but condones lies, deceit and deception by its own administrators, faculty and staff.”

    “Had I not lived through it, I would never have believed that a small town in Minnesota could resort to the same kinds of media manipulation that we confront with ABC, CNN and The New York Times. The Northfield News has now published a report about my presentation on Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing without discussing my evidence or a single argument I had presented…..”

    More here:

  7. “Over the past several years a conspiracy of silence has surrounded the implementation of the Smart Grid across the United States, perhaps with good reason. If the public was aware of what lay behind this agenda there would likely be considerable outcry and resistance….”

    More here:

  8. Bluefeather6 says:

    Mehran Keshe exposes paedophile organisations in Begium

  9. This is what happened to Ernst Zindel who passionately worked to protect his country: Germany against ongoing slander

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