MADELEINE McCann may have been snatched to order by a twisted paedophile gang from Belgium, a new documentary has claimed.
The three-year-old’s disappearance is the subject of a new eight-part Netflix documentary titled The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Maddie disappeared from her bed on May 3, 2007, while on holiday with her parents and family friends at a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, had left her sleeping with her siblings while they had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant – only realising about 10pm that she was gone.
The documentary highlights the prevalence of child trafficking gangs throughout the region, as well as the deep web marketplace where abusers can purchase stolen children.
MADDIE SNATCHED TO ORDER?
Just 10 months after Maddie vanished, an officer from Scotland Yard filed a memo detailing the Belgium connection.
It read: “Intelligence suggests that a paedophile ring in Belgium made an order for a young girl 3 days before Madeleine McCann was taken.
“Somebody connected to this group saw Maddie took a photograph of her and sent it to Belgium.
“The purchaser agreed that the girl was suitable and Maddie was taken.”
Portuguese police pursued the lead though it failed to lead to a breakthrough.
The President of the Portuguese Association of Missing Children, Patricia de Sousa Cipriano, told the Netflix producers: “We have information that our country is used by traffickers to pass children to other countries.
“They enter the country through the Algarve and then they go to Spain, to France, to Germany, to be exploited.
“They have a very strong structure that allows them to move human beings from one country to another in a matter of hours. It’s frightening because it’s very easy.”
MADDIE’S HAUNTING WORDS
In 2011 Kate also wrote her own account of what happened that evening for a book titled “Madeleine: Our daughter’s disappearance and the continuing search for her”.
In it, Kate reveals Maddie’s haunting words to her the day before her disappearance.
She wrote about how Maddie asked her: “Why didn’t you come when Sean and I cried last night?”
Kate wrote: “Madeleine didn’t answer or elaborate. Gerry and I were disconcerted. Could Madeleine and Sean have woken up while we were at dinner? If so, it was worrying, obviously, but it didn’t seem very probable.”
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Meanwhile, Maddie’s parents have slammed the new Netflix documentary on her disappearance, saying it “won’t help” the search.
The family also believe the controversial new film could “fuel conspiracy theorists”, their spokesman said.
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