Spanish DNA data base is created to discover identities of stolen children


This Thursday, the Spanish Authorities have Announced the creation of a DNA data bank to Facilitate the search for Thousands of Children Who Were Separated from Their Parents by public and religious organizations under Franco (1939-1975) and beyond. They have also have undertaken to compile an inventory of “stolen children”.
The measures taken provides any file can include information such as the date and the health center of the child’s birth, and the dates of the Alleged parent. The Ministry of Health will Obtain information from health centers and ask for this collaboration of regional health services. The Ministry of Justice, in turn, will take the necessary measures to facilitate obtaining vital records, births and deaths as much as possible over the past five decades.
It is noteworthy initiative That the DNA bank is the first official database of DNA at the government level so far. Those affected people were previously forced to perform DNA tests in private laboratories to discover their origins.
The announcement came after a meeting between the Associations of Stolen Children and several government Ministers, Including the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato, and the country’s chief prosecutor, Eduardo Torres- Dulce.
The Spanish government on the Measures Announced That same day the first person Accused of this crime, the nun Maria Gomez Valbuena, Better Known as Sister Mary, Appeared in court but refused to testify. 

Sister Maria Gomez Valbuena appeared before the judge and refused to testify, invoking her right to remain silent, Reuters reported.

The aging Sisters of Charity nun was charged with kidnapping a newborn girl from a Madrid hospital in the 1980s.

A group of more than 1,000 families said she was part of a nationwide baby-snatching ring dating back four decades.

The group, Anadir, said the ring involved hundreds of doctors, nurses, priests, nuns and midwives who schemed to convince poor or unwed mothers their babies had died at birth.

The babies were then sold to families looking to adopt, and the child’s birth papers were doctored, the group said.

Lawyers say Catholic priests and nuns acted as middlemen, paying hospitals workers for babies and then selling them to desperate families.

“The nuns and priests justified what they did by saying that the child was better off with the adoptive family, but they still took the money,” Enrique Vila, a lawyer who works for families trying to track down relatives, 

Anadir said the racket dates back to the Spanish Civil War, when Francisco Franco’s fascist minions stole babies from political prisoners, Reuters reported.

In later years, it became a money-making scheme for scores of hospitals and clinics, the group said.

Since the 1980s, Spanish police have investigated hundreds of claims from mothers who said their babies were stolen, and their stories have been well-documented in the Spanish media.

In one infamous case, workers at one Madrid clinic kept a dead newborn in the freezer, which they would show to mothers to prove their baby had died, The Daily Beast reported.

Valbuena is the first person to be charged in the scheme.

The case against her began after a woman said the nun intimated her into giving up her baby at Madrid’s Santa Cristina hospita in 1982, The Daily Beast reported.

“I was still half asleep when I asked her where my daughter was,” Marisa Torres Torres told AFP.

“She told me: ‘Stop asking me that or else I will also take away your other daughter and you will go to jail for adultery.’ ”

Torres was reunited with her now 29-year-old daughter, Pilar, last year, and said DNA tests proved they were mother and daughter, the Daily Best reported.

Outside the courthouse on Thursday, a throng of angry mothers and families jeered the nun as she was hustled to a car by police.

Paloma Perez, 55, told the AFP she believed she was stolen from her birth mother at Santa Cristina hospital in 1957.

“It is shameful, and on top of it all they protect her,” Perez said, as Valubeana’s car drove away. “I don’t even know who I am.”

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The court official said that, “Spain does not shirk its responsibility, nor hides facts”, so it will make every effort to carry out the investigation of the dramatic cases occurred decades ago. At the same time said it will be a process “long and complex”.
Until November 2011, it had opened more than 342 thousand errands information and inquiry, while it had been 14 exhumations. The Acting Ombudswoman, Maria Luisa Cava de Llano, has asked the Attorney General’s Office to send an update on the Investigations.

It is Estimated That There may be up to 300.000 Spanish children born Between 1950 and 1990 That were allegedly separated from their parents were sold by networks that appeared during the Franco dictatorship, a practice that never ended during the years of political transition.

These cases are repeated world wide and many children taken from their families have simply disappeared and many may well have found themselves in the hands of Pedophile rings and other networks that deal in the trafficking of children.


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