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February 5th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

Video: Missionaries' case: 'Lies'

Karl Penhaul
CNN Correspondent

Ten missionaries are charged with kidnapping in Haiti. CNN's Karl Penhaul reports.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Karl Penhaul
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  1. Hill

    Haitian and U.S. 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 to this day unknown, who knows what people are willing to pay for recreating science or even worse,.

    Does anyone know what happen to the children that were put on a plane in route to Amsterdam for adoption? Once children are adapted 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 8, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    Whatever the intentions of these 10 child kidnappers truly was, do not automatically assume Christian Missionary's are inherently 'good' people out to do 'good' things.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  3. Charmaine

    It appears the leader of this group is used to doing things her own way and getting away with it. Most unfortunate for the 9 people who came with her. I have been through the Haitian/D.R. border several times, it is NOT a place to play games. These visitors (I won't honor them with the title missionaries) are most fortunate CNN and the press are there to record their story. They have cast a poor light on a lot of good work being done by missionaries and humanitarian groups in Haiti and around the world.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  4. Peggy Doering

    Many years ago, we lived in the DR and our daughter was born there. There was incredible paperwork with both governments when an American Citizen was born abroad. Two passports, stamps, letters notarized that her father gave her permission to leave the country just to get on the plane for a visit with the grandparents. Our visa papers and proof of support had to be documented before we were given permission to enter the country. I am sure that the Dominican govenment was very clear with this group before they went into Haiti about the documentation needed. For this group to be so arrogant that their cause would remove the "rules", established by two countries is appalling and hurtful to those who are trying to work with the governments and social systems during this crisis. These children are human beings not commodities. If this group would like to help orphans, they could have picked up a shovel, cooked a meal, held a child, in any established care facility in Haiti. Better yet they should have stayed home and sent to the money that they are collecting through their Wells Fargo bank account to the relief agencies. Yes, they need to be prosecuted in Haiti to send a message about child trafficking.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  5. Kim

    As someone who has adopted 2 children from a third world country, I am outraged by the arrogance and deliberate disregard for the law concerning these missionaries and the children they claimed to have wanted to help. Whatever their motivation, it had little to do with truly helping children who have undergone trauma, displacement and in some cases, the loss of parents. The amount of paperwork I had to do to lawfully adopt and take my children out of their country of birth, was mind boggling. How these so called do-gooders could ignore the need for passports, immigration papers, home studies, and the passing of medical exams in order to take these children anywhere is appalling. They had no experience in caring for children, running an orphanage, or adoption. They should be prosecuted.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm |