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.
"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.
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