Americans caught taking children out of Haiti
Posted Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:41pm AEDT
Haitian police have arrested 10 United States citizens caught trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country in a suspected illicit adoption scheme, authorities say.
Authorities fear traffickers could try to exploit the chaos and turmoil following Haiti's January 12 earthquake quake to engage in illegal adoptions.
But one of the suspects, who says she is leader of an Idaho-based charity called New Life Children's Refuge (NCLR), denies they have done anything wrong.
The five men and five women are in custody in the capital Port-au-Prince after their arrests on Friday night.
They were detained at Malpasse, Haiti's main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their vehicle.
Authorities said the Americans had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the 33 children - aged 2 months to 12 years - and no papers showing the children were made orphans by the quake.
Yves Cristalin, Haiti's social affairs minister, says the incident is "totally illegal".
"No children can leave Haiti without proper authorisation and these people did not have that authorisation," he said.
But Laura Sillsby from the Idaho group NCLR says the group has done nothing wrong.
"We had permission from the Dominican Republic Government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there," she said.
Now, if anyone knows about the history between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, this should have been the first red flag for you.
The stories are legendary about how the Dominicans try and prevent the people from Haiti from crossing over their border; so, does it seem plausible to you that they would be opening their arms to orphans from Haiti?
Doesn't smell right.
There were more than a few of us putting up flags at seeing all these folks grabbing for these supposedly orphaned children from Haiti. We thought they were moving way too fast; that there hadn't been a serious attempt to determine if they were TRULY orphans, with no family. The calls went up from several corners about slowing down this process. Maybe it's because I've watched too many L&O:SVU episodes. But, somethings in your GUT just look wrong when you see them; you don't exactly have the ' evidence', but you can feel it in your bones that something's ' not quite right' in this situation.
These arrests confirm everything I and others have been feeling in our guts. As others have pointed out, these folks don't even have this supposed proposed orphanage/charity work -UP ON A CHURCH WEBSITE! WHO provided the money for them to go down there? WHERE is the money coming from to transport these children? That should also make you think twice about it. [Edited] Something is wrong here, and not only should the government of Haiti prosecute to the fullest extent of the law - the UNITED STATES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT needs to be all up in this from THIS country's end.
Found this at W.E.E. See You: Here it is - they had a plan and here it is.
More information: Haiti Orphan Appeal: "I am no orphan" says 8 year old transportee
Check out this thread over at W.E.E. See You - folks have been doing more investigating. These folks are SUSPECT.