American 'child kidnappers' face court in Haiti

10 Americans face a court hearing in Port-au-Prince on Monday after their arrest on suspicion of trafficking children.

American 'child kidnappers' face court in Haiti

10 Americans face a court hearing in Port-au-Prince on Monday after their arrest on suspicion of trafficking children.

Haitian authorities have held the 10 Americans from the New Life Children's Refuge group in custody in Port-au-Prince since their arrest late on Friday at the Malpasse border crossing with the Dominican Republic.

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive said the Americans could face serious accusation.


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"We did not arrest Americans, we arrested kidnappers," Bellerive told Reuters. "We just hope that the people were acting in good faith and that they were doing what they were doing to try to help the children."

Laura Silsby, a leader of the Idaho group, told CNN, "The truth ultimately is that we came here to help the children, and we know that God will reveal truth."

She earlier claimed the group had "permission from the Dominican Republic" to bring the children to an orphanage there.

The children have been taken to an orphanage in Haiti run by international aid group SOS Children's Villages.

Bellerive told CNN in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he was worried about the risk of illegal adoptions and child trafficking. "We have already reports of a lot of trafficking (of children) and even of organ trafficking," he said.

Reuters

 

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Aldo Giovannini
Aldo Giovannini - 9 yıl Before

Theese ten individuals should be charged with mass kidnapping of minors. Their background should also be thoroughly investigated.

Ms.
Ms. - 9 yıl Before

Upon arrest these 10 Americans insisted that the children were orphans and that was a lie. The Americans said they were bringing them to an orphanage and that was a lie. What were they going to do stay in a hotel for six months while they built an orphanage? They were going to rent hotel rooms with a questionable funding base. Has anyone asked about which hotel and was there reservations made? It is sad to think that there is a great possibility that they going to farm out the kids to perspective Johns. I’m sorry to say it like these 10 Americans haven’t told the truth from day ONE. So, why should we paint them as God fearing good Americans with no mischievous intention? Bad people come in all types of packages don’t be fooled. Reporters get real and do your job. Are these people pedophiles or not?