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February 4th, 2010
09:10 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Americans Charged with Kidnapping

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The 10 Americans detained in Haiti for trying to take 33 children out of the country have been charged with kidnapping and criminal association

The news came after the five men and five women left a two-hour hearing at a prosecutor's office.

The missionaries said nothing to reporters when they left the meeting, but some sang hymns.

The Americans are back in jail tonight in Port-au-Prince. They could be there for some time, because under Haitian law anyone charged with kidnapping is not eligible for bail.

The group tried to take the children into the Dominican Republic last Friday and were stopped at the border.

Some parents told CNN they willingly gave their children to the Americans, who promised they'd have a better life.

Tonight on 360°, we have troubling new details on their journey and how the Americans allegedly went about it.

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  1. bet4j

    It sounds as if many of you have already passed judgement without knowing all the facts. I don't know what these peoples intent was, do you? What ever happened to "innocent until PROVEN guilty? I will give that at the very least they were naive & stupid, but until the facts are known I'm not going to jump to conclusions.

    I spent 9mo. in Haiti working in an orphanage & many of the children did have parents & family. Some of them came to visit & some of them didn't. We had a child in the hospital & one day one of our women went to visit this child & someone had left a fairly newborn baby at the end of the childs bed. Whether they did this because they were unable to take care of the baby or they didn't want to is hard to say.

    The Haitian government has never been good & has never taken care of their own.

    February 5, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  2. Jackie R.

    Missionaries are individuals who care about the well being of others. They go out of their way with nothing in return. Unfortunately, the devastation in Haiti is so severe that these individuals became desperate, and didn't think of the consequences. They saw so many children wandering the streets with no where to go. Children are thirsty, starving, injured, most without any adult to care for them. No child should go through this misery. I assure you these missionaries only meant to do well. I'm sure it broke their hearts when they saw the horrific conditions that these small children were going through.
    The United States must intervene and bring these missionaries back home asap. They are being punished because they care too much and want to do the impossible.
    I am in disbelief that these missionaries are still incarcerated.
    The truth is : No one should live in the earthquake devasated areas ! It's inhumane to allow anything that breaths to stay there !

    February 5, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  3. Don

    Only kids under 10? because they are easily controlled? Their leader is in financial trouble...you connect the dots...
    CNN did a report on the non-profit agency that runs the SAT's...the people running that aren't feeling any financial pain from what CNN said...so couldn't you do the same sort of thing with a 'non-profit' orphanage and placement agency? Afterall, you're not 'selling' the children per se...just charging 'administration fees'....fees that would include a nice juicy salary for the person running it...

    That aside, all this garbage about their intentions...look at it this way. IF you were to take your car and drive it 100 mph in 25 mph zone and in doing so your car spun out of control killing a group of pedestrians, do you really think that because you didn't INTEND that to happen that you should get off?
    All this group 'intended' to do was something we now know they knew was ILLEGAL...

    February 5, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  4. john phillips

    I think all of that group should go to prison,for a long time, they knew they were kiddnapping them children , now they are trying to hide behind religion, I live in Ecuador and I know another american preacher that scams doners for donation ,in the name of helping kids that live on the street, when in fact he spends all the money on himself to live very good., yes I am also a american.
    That group was going to scam doners to help poor kids, just like this preacher hear , they were going to help themselves.

    john phillips

    February 5, 2010 at 6:55 am |
  5. Marti Hokans

    In terms of "Why?" I'm just thinking........ this woman with the broken life might have seen this as a redemptive opportunity for herself. Maybe she really thought she could run the facility herself or at least set up something someone else could take over. Then at the very least she's done a good deed, and she's proven she's more than a foreclosed home and a failed business - and just maybe she works out some sort of paid position for herself as a stateside coordinator/liaison for the orphanage which might get her back up on her own feet. Then again, maybe she wasn't thinking that far ahead at all. Maybe it was just a way of not facing her own life. Who knows?

    February 5, 2010 at 6:36 am |
  6. Billy

    If the Haitians are willing to prosecute would-be helpers who are trying to give their children a better life they all international aid should be withdrawn and they should be left to deal with the problem on their own. The children were given to the missionaries in the hope that the kids would be taken someplace where they would be free from hunger, lack of clean water, and disease that accompanies mass death. This hope has been frustrated by hyper-technical officials seeking to justify their own existence in the face of a gross failure of their government.

    WITHDRAW ALL AID UNTIL THE MISSIONARIES ARE RELEASED AND GIVEN AN OFFICIAL APOLOGY BY THE PRESIDENT OF HAITI

    February 5, 2010 at 4:26 am |
  7. Hill

    Hello Anderson,

    Haitian authorities should thoroughly investigate the so called Missionaries who are being detained for allegedly trafficking Haitian children. A complete background check of all persons involved including their church is warranted at this point. Just recently 15 children mysteriously vanished from a hospital ship in Haiti.

    Not all of the Haitian parents gave their permission to take their children to the U.S. Did the parents receive money in exchange for their children? It is illegal to take someone’s child without there permission or to buy children. Transporting a child across the border without proper credentials is also illegal.

    If legal adopted parents were having a hard time adopting their children from Haiti, what made the detainees think it would be easy for them without going through proper legal procedures?

    Christians of all people should have known better. They had a heart for the children but not for the parents or other relatives.

    What type of jobs do these people have that would allow them to drop everything, fly down to Haiti and load up the bus with Haitian children. Who paid for all of their expense? And if they paid for their own expense were they going to be reimbursed by an anonymous individual?

    Children and body parts are sold for big bucks; a kidney can sell for as much as $100,000 or more. The price for HeLa cells are probably even higher, who knows what people are willing to pay for reincarnating science or even worse.

    Does anyone know what happen to the children that were put on a plane in route to Sweden for adoption? Once children are adopted out to other counties they are never heard from again.

    Believe it or not people are sacrificed on a daily basis to save others. Given the fact that our economy is at its worse anything is possible.

    Please Pray for the Haitian people.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:57 am |
  8. Lynn Grant

    They are not being persecute which denotes they did not do anything to warrant them being arrested. They were caught at the border attempting to take other people kids to another country without authorization. That is a crime and they need to be prosecuted. You cannot commit a crime then cry persecution when you are held accountable

    February 5, 2010 at 2:52 am |
  9. Sunny and Gabriel

    I think they should get charged, maybe let the kids or younger ones go but continue punishment to the one who clearly had understand that they were breakin the law.Its not that haiti probaly dosen't apreciate what America has done for them , but if something like that were to be done in the U.S they would be punished so why is everybody mad.they were told hours before leaving with the kids that they were breaking the law but did it anyways.And god knows what they where really going to use those kids for anyways? It's wrong they didnt listen and took matters into thier own hands, here in the u.s you take matters into your own hands the police still arrest you and say you should've listened.And "christian's" dont disobey or kidnap ,oh sorry save kids who have parent.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:27 am |
  10. Matthew Mamdouhi

    I believe that referring to this as a kidnapping is out of bounds. This woman was trying to take this kids out of a country with an unstable goverment. The common wealth of Haiti are having trouble feeding her family. How much food do you think are getting to these little orphans? Yes she did break laws but sometimes you have to break the rules for the better. She wanted to help these kids not sell them on the black market!

    February 5, 2010 at 2:24 am |
  11. Connie Graham

    If these people were interested in helping someone, they should have adoped a family to help them survive and move forward. Taking children from helpless parent is not Christian. We need to stop trying to change people and help them in their time of need.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:20 am |
  12. Will

    I hope she gets charged to the fullest extent of the crime she committed. She knows what she was doing was wrong and should be punished. I'm sick of these GOD warriors or w/e u wanna call them out to think they are above the law. BUT IF YOU READ THE BIBLE IT SAYS GOD WRITES THE LAWS WHO LIVES WHO DIES or w/e. It's just a rant but its the truth.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:16 am |
  13. Kornelia Strong

    The more I hear and read about the events- the fishier it smells.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:13 am |
  14. Rose Ann

    They can't just send people who broke their laws back to their homes and show mercy. They are a sovereign nation, afterall, with a duty to protect their populace. To let this one go, without at least the judge's investigation, would send a dangerous message to anyone else thinking Haiti's children are there for the taking.

    They can't be tried under Haitian law in the United States.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  15. Yvonne

    Thank you Pat. I am shocked at the viciousness of most of these bloggers. This woman had no money and only a handful of impulsive helpers who wanted to fill a need in a crisis. All last week I watched Anderson's frustrations at how slow every thing was going and the people in tents in the heat and dying from lack of care. He was disgusted with the Belgium doctors because they were told to leave and they left very sick patients. Now suddenly all we care about is whether people did what they were told. I am not condoning how this was done, but it makes no sense that any harm would have come to these children. Without papers from Haiti, no other country would allow adoption. And the man who said the FBI would have been involved had she taken his children from the orphanage doesn't seem to realize this is Haiti and those are not his children for quite a while yet. What did she plan to do with his kids...Sell them to a higher bidder??Get those people out of Haiti and let the police look for real traffickers.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:46 am |
  16. Amy

    The mindset of these people reminds me of the people who were in favor of forcing Elian Gonzales to continue to be separated from his only living parent just because they thought the lifestyle here was "better". They have tunnel vision that all underprivileged kids from foreign countries need to be Americanized in order to be saved, regardless of their culture, religion, and most importantly, blood ties to parents and family members who love them. These kids definitely need our support, by supporting vetted charities with as much infrastructure already in place. Adding to the options by developing new orphanages is a great thing, but you cannot ignore laws. The fact Ms. Silsby felt entitled to go to Haiti and bribe her way to custody of kids in this way reveals her true nature. And this is me giving her the benefit of the doubt. I heard she is or soon will be homeless also. Oh, no wait, I think the Haitian government just decided to adopt her, without her permission, but what the heck she'll have a roof over her head. Outrageous!

    February 5, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  17. Janice Bruce

    As a former US embassy officer, I'm not surprised by "missionary debacle". My history with missionaries is that when they are out of the US, they believe that "doing God's work" exempts them from following the rules. I was frequently asked to help them circumvent Haitian government regulations regarding customs, visas for travel to the United States, and their favorite request, seeking USG intervention to expedite travel of donated goods from the US to Haiti - usually with a request for use of military transport. Not to disparage missionaries in general, but countries like Haiti seem to be a magnet for a certain type of individual whose motive and tactics do not reflect the humanitarian, christian purpose of their involvement. These people should be charged and prosecuted - hopefully for their sakes, in the United States. The Haitian judiciary system is not equipped to deal with this issue or its attendant spotlight, especially at this time. The proper USG official should make the call to the Prime Minister and relieve him of this burden. Let's clean up our own mess, Haiti doesn't need this drama now.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  18. Glenda

    How dare those people to go into another country and think they are at liberty to take children at their descretion. This is just plain old kidnapping and thought no one would notice. They need to be dealt with under the Haitian law!

    February 5, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  19. Reed

    your right about them not needing mouths to feed but its obvious she knew she was lying,
    if she was real she wouldnt have let them video her like that or she's just really scared. they should be brought back to the U.S but she needs to be punished a little. her eyes say shes lying

    February 5, 2010 at 1:20 am |
  20. Ikens

    It is wrong for a country to be going through what they already facing, and for someone or a groups of people to try and come in and pretending like their attention is to help out and now only to find out they were stealing kids without the proper paper works from the haitian government. Thats is so wrong just like kicking someone when they already down.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  21. Mary Sanders

    This is not bashing Christinas as someone commented, these are people who went looking for children to take them out of their country without the legal right to do so. What is their agenda? To begin a non profit, to traffic children, who knows but their lies and sneaky ways of going into this country. I hope Haiti throws the book at them and keeps them in jail. Good riddance. MS

    February 5, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  22. Kelcy

    I think Cindy has it nailed. Manson family.

    Bizarre on so many levels. For starters she had no resources to provide an "orphanage" in the DR.

    I think think they planned to sell the children for profit. No way would they have been able to legally get them into the US. They had to be planning to use illegal channels if they could not find legal ones which they were fishing for by trying to get kids that were on expedited paths to legal adoption. I hope the US Justice Dept is looking at the possible connections here to see how they were going to do that.

    I would not call them Christians either. That is a tag they are claiming to hide their illegal activities.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:15 am |
  23. maureen

    the law in Haiti's should be followed they were stealing children and who knows what would of happened to the children. They could end up in very bad situations. The U.S. should not intervein and they should be punished for breaking the law and knowing they were breaking the law.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:37 am |
  24. Suzanne , New Jersey

    All too often, seemingly minor incidents involving the poorest of nations and their young children during a horrific devastating time brings forth subordinate, irresponsible and harmful factions by self serving individuals. May such individuals be held in the nation that they tried to rob their children from & learn from their wrong doings.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  25. Elizabeth

    I'm really surprised at how much benefit of the doubt these arrested Americans are getting. How many times do we have to be told that they were repeatedly told what they were doing was illegal before we stop giving them the benefit of the doubt? At best, the ringleader is mentally ill. But a hotel in the DR? no papers? small kids? Sounds like trafficking to me. She was stealing children.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:28 am |
  26. Suzanne , New Jersey

    All too often, seemingly minor incidents involving the poorest of nations and their young children during a horrific untenable time brings forth subordinate, irresponsible and harmful factions by self serving individuals. May such individuals be held in the nation that they tried to rob their children from & learn from their wrong doings.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:24 am |
  27. Della Louise

    I think those people should definately be held accountable for what they did.If they were trying to help they used very poor judgement in the way they attempted to do it.You dont just go into another country or even in your own and just pick up kids off the street with intentions of takeing them anywhere ,they weren't pieces of discarded paper they were picking up from the streets of Haidi.I dont understand people how they get themselves in messess like this.Reminds me of when one of my Boys was about 6 years old.He came in the house with a big ball and when I asked him where he got it,he said he found it.When I asked him where he found it,he said on the sidewalk down the street.I watched him as I made him take it back and place it back on the sidewalk in the same spot where he found it.There were kids liveing all up and down the block.
    If those people wanted to help those kids why didn't they try to find their families for them?I bet now thats what they are wishing they had done.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  28. Laura, Louisiana

    I honestly don't know what to think of these people. When I first read the story, I thought "Are you serious????". On print, it looked terrible. Trafficking undocumented, non-orphans into a foreign sovereign country...they could claim they had all the good intentions in the world as the instinct of any person caught in an act is to deny, but on print, it simply looked bad. Worst scenarios had me thinking organ harvesting for the black market, sex slaves, illegal adoptions, etc. On TV, my thoughts of them softened because I didn't think they looked like the typical traffickers although there's not a way a typical trafficker looks. One thing I believe is that they're not being sincere. Claiming that they 'didn't know' when the Prime minister has made it his crusade to prevent child trafficking since the earthquake going as far as demanding his permission for any orphaned child to leave...them claiming it was a divine mission...and when the Dominican government warned that they would charge them of child trafficking once they crossed into Dominican territory IF they didn't first get apprehended by the Haitian government... Were these people simply insane??? They could not have thought that it'd simply be OK. Or did they think they'd get the green light since they were coming as "Saviors"? It could be they arrogantly thought they could trample over the laws and rights of third-world countries coming from the great USA. Or maybe with ill intents, they simply went to take advantage of the lawlessness.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  29. faure

    Anderson has done a marvelous, thorough job of documenting this tragic story of the courageous patient and strong Haitian people. I trust that he will get to the crux of this psuedo-adoption/criminal activity and report to us about it. We need answers to this awful story and situation as the Haitian people cannot be traumatised further and we cannot let people get away w/re-victimizing these very vunerable people. It turns my stomach to think of anyone exploiting people in this way. I hope they are tried–everyone of them, and if found guilty, pay the price. Trafficking humans in any form at any time is beyond horrible, but the minds that can do this at this particular time and to these amazing people are beyond depraved.
    Anderson, thank you and please don't stop reporting on Haiti and their amazing people. We need you to do this, b/c I don't think anyone else will.
    Also to Pat: this has nothing to do w/Americans generously contributing to the recovery of Haiti and its people–this is a crime against humanity.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  30. Jen

    The last few days, Anderson has been critical of the absence of the Haitian government officials, in the face of their epic crisis. But say what you will about the apparent lack of sophistication of this government, someone is obviously on the ball about the attempted exploitation of these Haitian children. These 10 Americans' actions have really blighted the wonderful work of thousands of good-hearted Americans who have actually helped the Haitians. I would like to see Anderson give the Haitian government some acknowledgement for their part in protecting their own children. If you want to support the Haitians, then support their effort to prosecute these people (American or not!) for breaking their law.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  31. Tammy, Houma, LA

    This group seriously gives those of us who do mission work for the right reasons (to legitimately help give a hand up and make the world a little better in our own part of it) a bad name. There is a right way to do mission work and a wrong way. Delusional misguided actions that take advantage of those that should be helped are criminal as far as I'm concerned. Haven't the Haitian people endured enough already?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:07 am |
  32. Jon

    That guy who is the head of Republican Tea Party group is a hypocrite. He his a home that he can afford. The miss we are in is because there weren’t enough controls on the banks. Now he wants to get rid of the controls we have now.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:00 am |
  33. Bob in Saskatchewan Canada

    These ten American religious fundamentalists kidnapped these children but not just their bodies. This is cultural kidnapping, ethnic kidnapping and spiritual kidnapping. What would be the reaction of the American public and media if 10 Muslim fundamentalists came to New Orleans during the aftermath of that disaster and rounded up children to take back to their country to give them a good Muslim fundamentalist upbringing? The world should be horrified and outraged at the behavior and arragance of these ten. This indignant, arragant, malignant religious cancer that permeates America is why it is despised by so many worldwide. When will America wake up and purge their country of their own religious Taliban? Hatti can set a wonderful example to the world; their courage is remarkable!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  34. s,wells

    very unfortunate. most likely no malicious intent, just a major case of wild over zealousness i think. i can just imagine the mind set...on a mission from god that supersedes the laws of man. think again...big wake-up call!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:48 pm |
  35. Sue

    I live in Boise–13 miles from Meridian, Idaho, and the benefits of religion as practiced by Laura Silsby. I am embarrassed for my state that this "grifter," i.e., Ms. Silsby, has been practically a one-woman show that has undone a lot of the good so many Americans have done on behalf of the Haitian people. I think the other 9 were swept up in their belief they were going to Haiti to do something good and hopefully, they will be released. I hope Laura is kept in Haiti and gets to enjoy hard labor for at least 3 years. The Haitian government could do Idaho and the U.S. a favor by keeping her.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm |
  36. Sylvia B.

    In regards to the arrests made in Haiti, the old saying that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" may apply here.
    Maybe we can learn from the past through such dedicated people like George Muller(Mueller) of Bristol in England, who during the 1800's actually established five orphanages housing thousands of orphans. How he did this is very well documented just Google him. It's quite amazing.
    Good to have you home Anderson safe and sound. God bless you and thanks for all your heart and good work.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  37. Jean Ryan

    when I first heard the news about the ten Americans being held captive in Haiti with good intention in helping less fortunate children from there, I felt sorry that they had gotten themselves into a sad situation, but the more I follow the story the more I am convinced that they were up to no good, by that I mean the leader Laura. there are so many ways one can help legally. this woman could help the orphanages by helping or giving to the ones that are already established there until they could get they could set up their own set up, why have the orphanage in the D.R and not in Haiti.
    missionaries should not lie. there were simply too many lies and disrespect for the country's law using the disaster as an excuse.
    I've following cnn and I heard over and over that this is not the time to take children out of Haiti.
    this is not the time for a country to have to worry about these kind of people.
    Laura needs to take care of her personal problems at home first.

    Thank you cnn for all your coverage about the tragedy in Haiti.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  38. marilyn

    does anyone think that she saw dollar signs and felt she would get down there and get the kids and run... and if caught, because the country is so backward and in upheavele...that she would only get a hand slap, and returned to the mainland as a savior of the poor homeless children.....and then end up on talk shows and save her home and business,,,,I think she had a hidden agenda that the others really did not...know how serious their game was....Too much termoi; and death around...slip in and slip out...I think she had a monetary goal in mind...Shame on her........The others were pawns and did what they were told...Most are children themselves.....Prosecute her...She was the master mind....Those were not stray animals...they were children, couldehave had disease issues as well as parents still unaccounted for...Whay American thinks you can just walk in and adopt a child in minutes...it doesn;t fly....She has thus planned she thought to the "T"...Stupid backward haitians would never figure it out till they were long gone...OOPS..not quite Set an example...

    February 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  39. Dan

    Anderson this is a nother exsample of people who beileve that they are above the law because they and their ideals ar superior to everyone else and they are acting from a hyer athority

    February 4, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  40. Jamie

    Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of behaviour all too often. It stems from an insecure personality that has an overwhelming need for attention, whatever the cost might be. The leader of this group obviously has this same need for attention and doesn't care about the cost, which, in this case, involves innocent children. People like this think, "Hey – if this will get us the press coverage we need, we'll take it – even if it's negative press!". She's gotten what she was after all along – media attention and, sadly, some well-meaning people will fall for the tears and donate to her "cause". And in the end, she wins. She's gotten the attention she was after and got people to donate to her cause. It's really sad, because the ones who are going to suffer are the kids and those parents who are trying to do things the right way. If she ends up in prison for life – so be it.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  41. Paul Marshall

    I think that at the most these people are very naive but don't deserve lengthy prison terms.
    I have not heard anything about real child traffickers being arrested in Haiti either before or after the earthquake. It is obviously a problem in the country but I would like to know how many were arrested before the earthquake.Is the government just trying to act tough because they have been so ineffective in the past?

    February 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  42. Allene

    What I don't understand is if Lisa Silsby was told at different orphanages that what they were doing was illegal; how could the other people in her group not know enough to stop trying to take those kids? It doesn't make sense. They all knew they were wrong & I think the got what they deserve. Stealing children with a lie....what else can be said?

    Anderson I love you & all you are doing to keep us informed.

    Thank you
    Allene

    February 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  43. jessie

    I am very doubtful of the intention of the so called "missionaries". There is no reason for trying to smuggle children who are not orphans out of the country. Other than for fundraising purposes. They knew from the outset what their plans were. As a Haitian, I am very familiar with the good-doer missionaries that come to our country. I am currently, adopting a Haitian child brought to the US by the 'missionaries". After using her for 4 years.They left her in foster care when she got too old. And tired of their act of displaying her from church to church in order to raise funds, for an orphanage in Haiti. All they need to do is keep an address in Haiti and show a vulnerable child.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:35 pm |
  44. sheila

    I live in Twin Falls Idaho and I heard about new life refugee group on our local christian radio station. I was interested in helping and possibably going to haiti with this group. I contacted Laura on her email and she emailed back and wanted to know when I could go. I emailed her back and told her I needed more details and It would be awhile before I could go. I felt she was planning to help take care of those children who were left without parents. I have been wanting to be able to do some kind of missionary work and I thought It would be nice to help out in Haiti. Like everyone else I do not know what her intentions were. I am hearing so much new information about her and I just hope she did have the best of intentions. I still would like to help but I am thankfful I did not get involved in this mess. The people with her may have been like me just eager to help others in need.
    My prayers go out to everyone there.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  45. Jeff

    Anderson, I have sent money to help in Haiti. Now I feel the next donation toward Haiti will be when someone establishes a defense fund for the 10 folks that are imprisoned there for trying to help these children.

    I visited Dominican Republic three times last year. I am not a missionary, but I saw a lot of missionaries there helping out and building churches and schools. I know personally missionaries that have went to Haiti in the past, and the conditions there pre earthquake were terrible. Many American church members tend to go to a more mild situation like DR or Honduras. In no way do I believe these folks had any bad intentions. CNN has even reported of parents handing their children over to them in hopes of a better life.

    What a crying shame,

    February 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
  46. Carmen MAquilon

    Child trafficking is a horrendous crime abd Haiti is at this moment the perfect venue for it. Anderson, thanks for putting a face to this ugly crime. International authorities should be double checking the status and relationship of Haitian children being brought to their contries to make sure they are not becoming victims of trafficking.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  47. Pat

    With all the problems facing the Haitians, they don't need another mouth to feed and take care of. Send the Americans home. They acted hastily and without a lot of thought. They do not need to be crucified. If the American government wants to press charges against them, fine, but let them face whatever develops in their own country. The American people have contributed greatly in helping the Haitian people recover, now they need to show a little mercy.

    February 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  48. DeAnna

    This is an example of the crazy "God told me to; so I'm justified in any action I take" mind set that so many people wrap themselves up in. It's crazy... This "help the unfortunates 'cause they're so backwords they can't help themselves" attitude. Wake up! Who do you think you are!?!

    February 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
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