When a baby was born in a Mother and Baby Home, and the Nuns decide to illegally remove that baby, the poor unwed mother was unknowingly and carefully selected by the Nuns of the Mother and Baby Home before hand, by the colour of her hair, eyes and her age, plus the selected unwed mother would be given extra rations to fatten her up, like a heifer really for the cattle mart. The unwed mother’s family was also taken into account, by the enquiring Nuns, specially if the unwed mother was dumped by her family and the unwed mother was far away from family and her home, having no contact with any family members. The normal procedure would be the baby when born would be removed from her mother immediately and taken off the ward and placed in a cot in another room far away from its mother, within a few hours the baby would be spirited away by a Nun to another Convent in a different part of Ireland.
The new baby would be washed and breast- fed by a wet-nurse, the wet nurse would be a woman who worked full time, unpaid, in the chosen Convent, the Nuns would tell her lies that the baby’s Mother died and that this baby needed feeding, this woman would care for this new baby for a few weeks allowing the Nuns time to organise a sale of the baby at an illegal auction. All wet-nurses, were unpaid slaves at many of the Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. The Nuns were grooming the new baby because they knew the baby would command a higher price at the secret auctions, extra food and special clothing would be provided for this new stolen baby, to make them look more healthy. This was done so that the baby would fetch as much money as possible.
In a few weeks the stolen baby would be brought from the convent in Ireland and flown overseas, normally to another holding Convent in Boston, New York City and New Jersey in America, far away from the baby’s mother. The other cruelty would be that the delirium mother would be sudden confused and racked with guilt about the loss of her baby, blaming the baby’s death on herself, encouraged by the conspiratorial Nuns and the Mother and Baby Homes residential priest, that it was God’s punishment, she was a whore, a sinful woman, and her whore of baby died and is now in hell where she would soon be joining her baby, she would be told by both the Nuns and Priest. In the Convent in either Boston, New York City and New Jersey in American the new baby, now fattened would be raised on a cot so that he could be seen by the prospective buyers. Before the bidding began in the American Convent, those prospective buyers that wished to, could come up onto the cot to inspect the new baby closely. The poor baby would have to endure being poked, prodded and forced to open its mouth for the prospective buyers.
Before selling the babies the Nuns did everything they could to improve the price, the baby would receive increased food and water rations, and the baby’s skin and hair was rubbed with butter and makeup to give the baby a healthy appearance. The wet-nurse would try to hide any scars or evidence of disease, sometimes using cruel or painful cosmetic techniques.The strongest and healthiest babies were sold by this way, before a sale, the Superior Nun of the Convent in Boston, New York City or New Jersey would agreed on an equal price for baby often several thousand dollars a piece. Once in a while a particularly good “specimen” of a baby got the Nuns excited, because they knew the specimen baby would get a higher premium.
The auctioneer, the Superior Nun of the Convent in Boston, New York City or New Jersey would decide a price to start the bidding by phone to all the prospective buyers. This would be higher for fit, young babies, especially if the baby had red hair or blond hair, male babies had a higher premium again. Potential buyers would then bid against each other, without realising they were doing so. The person who bid the most would then own that selected baby. The average price was $3,000 to $5,000 plus a, additional yearly fixed price of about $250 per year generally paid to the local Parish Priest in the area of America were the new baby was sold.
Remember over 60,000 Irish babies were illegally sold in this way, in reality the babies were simply kidnapped by the Nuns, The Nuns would also arrange new catholic names and different dates of birth for the babies, because the Nuns didn’t want the unwed mothers finding their babies. The Irish Government conspired with the Holy Nuns to create new Irish passports and other documentations to fit the baby’s new identity. More cruel still, many brothers and sisters were forever broken up in this way, never known they had brothers and sisters. The stealing of Irish babies proved too dangerous and also very lucrative moneymaker for the Nuns at the Mother and Baby Home in Ireland, illegally selling of Irish babies went on for about 70 years. Something else, some potential adoptee families stipulated on rare occasions, seeking a brother and sister, unit, which were sold together to that family who asked for a special order, willing to pay the Nuns, it was really no problem, the barbarity inherent in one human being's ability to own and sell another, the Holy Nuns had no shame. It was the Irish Catholic Nuns who sold illegal babies for profit and profit only. The heinous crimes of the Irish Nuns who ran the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland and sold stolen babies knew no bounds.
According to both the U.N. and The Council of Europe which estimates that perhaps $42 billion in United States dollars is generated per year in human trafficking. Moreover, human trafficking doesn’t include “human smuggling,” which involves people voluntarily paying others to smuggle them from one location to another. And according to the State Department of the United States of America, as many as 820,000, children are trafficked in the world every year. The Irish Nuns were part of this human trafficking, only of children, the Irish Nuns forced their depravity and quest for riches at the expense of unwed mothers and their children. The downside of selling Irish Babies which was really Child trafficking on a grand scale and which took many forms. I’m sure many adoptive babies went to good homes in America, but its now a known fact that a few stolen Irish babies were trafficked for other purposes like…
1. The trafficking of Irish babies for sexual purposes
2. Adoptive Irish Children were forced to work under dangerous working conditions as domestic slaves for their adoptive families, unpaid.
3. A few of the Adoptive Irish Children ended up been used by sex traffickers for child prostitution, and child pornography, because of their illicit adoption.
4. Perhaps the worst kind of trafficking and it happened, was for the purpose of stealing of the Irish babies organs. After all, once the adoptive baby’s organs are gone, so is the baby, another baby could be bought from the Holy Nuns, this monstrous activity is not just an urban legend, it happened. Remember a baby sold was worth more if its organs could be removed, wealthy clients were willing to pay much larger monies for each child’s transplant of organs, much more lucrative than the $3-$5,000 the Nuns sold the baby for…
Finally welcome to Irish Catholic Church Ethos pertaining to unwed mothers and their children, over the years I met hundreds of Irish Babies illegally adopted, now grown women and men, telling their own horror stories and looking for Irish family connections and an explanation from the Irish Catholic Church, few had a good story to tell about their adoptive experience. I’m certain that members of my own immediate family were illegally sold this way, so far I have been trying to find my Brother Carol Mccarthy, and also other brothers and sisters I may have had, but with the criminal Nuns burning all their documentations to hide their criminal actives, A serious offence, especially one in violation of Christian and Human decency and morality, I sadly may never know the truth …Owen Felix O’Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017