10 Americans Accused of Trafficking Haitian Orphans

We were taking kids to shelter, group says
By Nx Doyle,  Newser User
Posted Jan 31, 2010 3:07 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 31, 2010 7:26 AM CST
A group of 10 Americans from Idaho has been detained after attempting to transport 33 Haitian orphans to the Dominican Republic.   (AP)

(User Submitted) – Ten Americans arrested on suspicion of child trafficking say their detention is merely a misunderstanding over documentation. The 5 men and 5 women, from an Idaho charity called New Life Children's Refuge, were detained by Haitian police as they tried to take 33 earthquake orphans to a temporary shelter in the Dominican Republic, CNN reports. The children did not have the exit visas necessary to leave the country—planting the Americans squarely in the center of a burgeoning firestorm over child trafficking.

A US official said there was no indication of child trafficking, but the BBC reports that Haiti's social affairs minister takes a different view: "This is an abduction, not an adoption. What is important for us in Haiti is that a child needs to have an authorization from this ministry to leave the country." The Americans will go before a judge tomorrow.

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