Spanish society is shocked as accusations of child theft and sales begin to emerge.Currently over 900 cases of baby theft and trafficking are being investigated in Spain, although the actual number of children sold is thought to be around 300,000. Starting in the 1930's during the reign of dictator General Francisco Franco, these abductions continued until the 1990's, over fifteen years after the death of the dictator and introduction of democracy in Spain. Parent's of abducted children would be told their child had died shortly after birth and would not be allowed to attend the funeral or see the body of their supposedly dead child. It is believed that child theft started of as an ideological practice, but later became a moral issue of taking away babies from parents that were deemed unfit. Among those being accused are nuns and priests that would find adoptive parents, and doctors that lied to the parents about the death of their children.
What are the implications of child trafficking in a democratic state?