Spanish baby thefts probe launched
Prosecutors in Spain are investigating 849 cases of newborn children stolen from their mothers and sold to other families for profit, the country's attorney general has said.
Candido Conde-Pumpido said that 162 cases had already been referred for trial and only 38 have been dropped for a lack of evidence.
He said "a great many Spaniards" had been affected by the alleged thefts, which took place "over a prolonged period of time".
It is well documented that babies were taken from women who had supported the defeated Republican side after Spain's 1936-39 civil war.
However, some of the baby trafficking cases are as recent as the mid-1990s.
Mr Conde-Pumpido's office was alerted to the cases by an association of people searching for lost children or parents.