A GROOM who needed his birth certificate to get married uncovered a devastating family secret.
Salvador López not only found out he was adopted, but also that he was one of up to 23 babies allegedly sold by their birth mother in a womb-for-rent child trafficking scandal.
The infants went to childless women in Mallorca and Barcelona for over two decades from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Some of them were friends of the birth mother, but most were strangers, with handovers said to have been arranged by social workers and nuns.
Salvador, now 39, had no idea he was adopted until he was preparing to wed in 2020.
He had to apply for his birth certificate, which shows that his real mother was a woman named María Rosa Santos Asensio.
He suddenly found himself rewriting his life from scratch, he told Catalan news site Crónica Global.
He said: “At that moment I was a little disappointed because I had been living a lie, but at the same time I was calm because I knew that what I was seeing or imagining was not my invention.”
He said he had previously felt rejected by some members of his adoptive family and was puzzled by the lack of physical resemblance.
Now it made sense – and he wanted to know more about his origins.
But it set in motion a shocking series of revelations that changed his life forever.
His adoptive parents were dead, so he couldn’t ask them.
Instead, he asked social media for information about a woman named María Rosa, who gave birth in 1984 in the Mallorcan capital, Palma.
Someone wrote back claiming to have known his birth mother.
Then it turned out that María Rosa had given a shocking magazine interview in the 1990s.
She admitted to being a “surrogate mother” for 19 years and putting at least ten babies up for couples to adopt.
“Aren’t there people who will donate an organ to someone who might need it?” she said.
“Well, I’m willing to give a baby to those who can’t have it.”
She said she has been pregnant 13 times since she was 20, with three abortions and 10 live births.
She also insisted that she had received no “material benefit” and that “nobody will think this is a market”.
As Salvador dug deeper, it emerged that her motive may not have been entirely selfless.
Another group of adoptees was already investigating a suspected baby trafficking plot involving a clinic, an adoption association and a convent in Barcelona.
In one case, the adoptive family paid a million pesetas for their baby.
“I really didn’t want to know anything about her, but I wanted to know about the other kids she sold,” Salvador said in October.
He had learned he had nine brothers and sisters – but now believes there could be more than twice that number.
After his story was published, another sibling contacted Crónica Global earlier this month.
Hazael González, 29, who lives in Palma, revealed that in addition to Salvador, he knows at least four other siblings in Mallorca and one in Barcelona.
Overall, his investigations revealed that María Rosa sold 23 babies.
The website put Hazael and Salvador in touch, and they first spoke via video call last week.
The resemblance between them was immediately apparent.
“I saw my face in another person,” Salvador said on the call.
Hazael later told Ultima Hora: “The first impression was that we are the same in face, apart from political ideology and taste.
“Now we want to be brothers to make up for lost time.”
He added of María Rosa: “I was her last pregnancy and my adoptive mother met her in Palma through a mutual friend.
“I was born in a clinic where it was customary for nuns to deliver babies.
“I know this lady is alive, but I don’t want to see her, I just want to find the rest of my brothers.”
Last week we shared how a woman in Canada went for a breast cancer test and discovered she had been trafficked at birth along with seven brothers and sisters.
DNA results led Reissa Spier, 67, to uncover a family tree with siblings across Canada and the US.
Meanwhile, a woman in Georgia, USA also discovered that she was being sold on the black market as a baby.
Jane Blasio began searching for her secret relatives after a minor error in records led to the revelation that she was adopted.
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