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Spanish nuns accused of taking babies

Wed 30 Mar 2016
By Hannah Tooley

A pair of nuns in Spain are under investigation over allegations of stealing 13 babies whose mothers gave them up for adoption.

Sister Carmen Longatela Latas, 82, and Sister Carmen Vazquez Lamela, 88, have been indicted by a court on suspicion of tricking or forging mothers to give up their children.

The nuns deny the accusations.

According to The Times a police operation named Baby is investigating irregularities between 2005 and 2011.

The convent has a contract with the local government in the area to take care of single mothers who struggle to look after their children.

A Brazilian woman, Cilene Domingues Lourenco, stayed at the convent after giving birth.

She claimed that she was forced to sign a consent form giving up her child.

Lawyers involved have claimed that criminal gangs have been involved in the selling of children.

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