Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene Laundries

Magdalene laundries were religious institutions run by the Roman Catholics in Ireland and UK. In these religious institutions, pregnant unmarried women among other female “sinners” went to forcefully spend a significant chunk of their life. The nuns always took babies minutes after birth and either killed them or sent them out for adoption without the mother’s knowledge. Almost a century of women being imprisoned here are now classed as “the nations’ disappeared” as records were not kept on the inmates. The last such institution in Ireland closed down in 1996.

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