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Spanish prosecutors investigate illicit baby trade claims

Prosecutors in Spain have launched a nationwide investigation into claims that newborn babies were stolen and sold to infertile couples. The illicit trade may have continued until as recently as the 1990s.

Many believe the practice began after Spain's civil war, when children were removed from left wing Republican families and handed to those loyal to General Franco's dictatorship.

Sarah Rainsford reports from Barcelona.

  • 30 Mar 2011
  • From the section Europe