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Haiti – US Missionaries Child Rescue?

05 Feb

A little background here is in order. The Dominican Republic is the child sex trafficking capital of the Western Hemisphere. Many of the children who are trafficked into sex slavery as prostitutes are kidnapped, or purchased from Haiti. When Rush Limbaugh loads up his Lear Jet with a few conservative male friends and heads down to the Dominican Republic for a weekend “getaway”…

It isn’t because of the beaches or Mojitos.

So to the Haitian Government, and to the Haitian people, the issue of child trafficking hits very close to home.

So, while the New Life Children’s Refuge may be exactly what they claim to be – there is a chance, a very real chance – they aren’t.

Dominican official: I warned U.S. church leader about Haitian kids

The Dominican consul general Wednesday rejected the claim from an American church leader that she thought her paperwork was in order when she attempted to take 33 Haitian children out of the country, saying he had told her it was not.

“I warned her, I said as soon as you get there without the proper documents, you are going to get into trouble, because they are going to accuse you, because you have the intent to pass the border without the proper papers and they are going to accuse you with kids trafficking,” Carlos Castillo said he told the group’s leader, Laura Silsby, during a meeting Friday.

Four hours later, Silsby and nine other Americans were turned back from the border. They were arrested and taken to a jail in Port-au-Prince.

“This woman knew what she was trying to do was not legal,” Castillo said.

A CNN reporter attempted to get reaction to Castillo’s comment from the jailed Americans, but they would not discuss the matter, responding to questions by singing “Amazing Grace” and praying.

Told earlier that many of the children had living parents, Silsby said, “I did not know that.”

She added, “In our hearts, our intention was to help children that had been orphaned or abandoned by their parents.”

But the interpreters the group had used said the conversations between Silsby and the parents in the Haitian town of Calebasse made clear to them that Silsby must have been aware of the children’s status.

SOS Children’s Villages, an Austrian charity, said that it has determined that at least two-thirds of the children are not orphans.

Authorities on Wednesday questioned a Haitian police officer who works at the Dominican Embassy about whether he provided illegal paperwork to Silsby and the other Americans to facilitate their efforts as alleged by interpreters who had translated for the Americans.

The interpreters told CNN the Americans met at least twice last week with the officer, at the embassy and consulate.

“He told them that he could help, and he was helping them with some paper,” said interpreter Steve Adrien. “We did not meet him in a police station, but in the street in a car.”

The Americans met again with the man in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, near the Dominican Embassy, the translator said.

Isaac Adrien, Steve’s brother and another of the interpreters, said the group came away from the meeting with a document from the embassy that the Americans took with them to the border Friday in their unsuccessful attempt to cross…

The group has no experience running an orphanage, has not registered as an international adoption agency and has not filed with the U.S. government as a nonprofit.

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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in News

 

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4 responses to “Haiti – US Missionaries Child Rescue?

  1. t-shirts101

    February 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I was listening to morning radio and this story was the subject for discussion. A woman from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic called in, she had been in the US for much of her adult life and was (presumably) a US Citizen. She said that she had relatives who were victims of abduction by “Christian missionaries”, only to be sold into slavery. These missionaries approched parents and guardians promising a better life for their children, eduction and opportunity. Of course, that never happened. It was heartfelt; she was holding back the tears as she told her story.

    Being in Detroit, visiting Canada is a 30 minute drive from anywhere in the city – 5 minutes from Downtown. The city over bridge is Windsor. The woman said that many, if not the vast majority, of Haitians and DR’s in Windsor entered the country as child slaves, and were discarded after they reached adulthood.

    I never knew things were that incredibly bad.

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    • btx3

      February 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah – that is true. I’ve heard conservatives talk about how the Dominican Republic is doing so much better than Haiti. A rather offensive comment in that they also probably know that some of the Dominican Republic’s prosperity is built on the abused bodies of Haiti’s children.

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  2. Constructive Feedback

    February 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    [quote]The Dominican Republic is the child sex trafficking capital of the Western Hemisphere. Many of the children who are trafficked into sex slavery as prostitutes are kidnapped, or purchased from Haiti. When Rush Limbaugh loads up his Lear Jet with a few conservative male friends and heads down to the Dominican Republic for a weekend “getaway”…[/quote]

    STUNNING!!!

    I can just imagine a White police sergeant making the case about the number of home burglaries in the area that YOU live and how his officers saw you, a Black man, running down the street as the precipitating factor for your arrest.

    THEN and only then will you see the spirit upon which your statements above should be taken.

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    • btx3

      February 6, 2010 at 1:11 AM

      Still bending over for Rush, hoping he’ll come back, huh?

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