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Over 600 adoptions from Chile to Sweden investigated in 'children of silence' probe

In total, thousands of babies may have been taken from their parents against their will in Chile. Photo: Christine Olsson / TT

Published: 16.Nov.2018 08:59 hrs

Hundreds of adoptions took place between Chile and Sweden in the 1970s and 1980s. But many of them may have been carried out against the biological parents' will.

In total, the investigation into potentially illegal adoptions relates to 630 cases in Sweden, SVT Västerbotten reported. That's around a fifth of all the cases being investigated by Chilean authorities, and much higher than the earlier reported figure of 371 Swedish adoptions.

In 2015, Chile named a special prosecutor to begin investigating a list of "irregular adoptions", in which children are believed to have been kidnapped and given to adoptive parents without the biological parents' consent.

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