Where is my baby? Luisa Torres wondered after waking up from general anaesthesia on 31 March 1982.
Your baby is dead,Sister Maria Gómez Valbuena told her as she lay in bed at the Santa Cristina Maternity Hospital in Madrid. “You gave birth to nothing, the nun said.
It was a lie, with consequences that would span almost three decades.
Torres alleges that her daughter was stolen at birth by a mafia of nuns, doctors and other officials who sold children for profit.
Thousands of Spanish mothers recount similar stories. Enrique Vila, a Barcelona lawyer who specialises in adoptions, estimates there might be as many as 300,000 cases, about 15 percent of total adoptions that took place in Spain between 1960 and 1989.