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From the 80s until the early 2000s, thousands of Guatemalan children were robbed and sold for thousands of dollars, separated from their mothers in the hospitals where they were born or taken from their homes.

Courtesy Mariela SifonteBetween the 1990s and the mid-2000s, tens of thousands of Guatemalan children were adopted in the United States and internationally — 30,000 in the U.S. alone, according to State Department estimates.

Instead, Tobar was whisked away and spent two years in a children’s home before a family in Pennsylvania adopted him.

He declared that no one asked him whether his mother mistreated him before putting him up for international adoption.

While the charges were later dismissed, Mulet still insists that the Guatemalan government “saved children’s lives through those adoptions.”

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