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Christian Workers involved in Haiti Child-Trafficking?

Are Christian Aid workers overstepping their authority by taking children out of Haiti? As they say there’s always two sides to every story and I’ve tried to present them both.

They may have altruistic motives, but does that give them the right? After all, again, as they say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

I have to ask though why Laura Sillsby and her group garnered permission from the Dominican Republic and neglected to get permission from Haiti to have their citizens transferred.

The Dominican Republic does not have the authority to give them permission to remove Haitian children from Haiti.

Are they causing more problems for the Haitian people by what appears to be unauthorized transportation of children out of the Country?

Maybe we should look at this in a more personal light…if your neighbor’s house burnt down should you, without the parents permission, take their children and move them into your home?

You might have their best interests at heart, you might be the most loving and kind person around, but…does that give you the right to do it?

They obviously took the time and effort to get permission from the Dominican Republic…

so why didn’t they get permission from the authorities in Haiti?

I agree that their motives were likely altruistic in nature…but I also think they were trying to remove the children through a backdoor and got caught.

Remember this is just a group of people taking matters into their own hands.

If the group was Muslim would that change the outlook? How about the Hare Krishnas? Jehovah Witnesses? Scientology?

What if it isn’t a religious group at all…but some other type of organization?

Should we allow a precedent to be set that any group can come into a disaster area and remove children to another Country without proper authorization?

No one is arguing that they weren’t well-meaning…

the argument is can they do it without permission from the proper authorities?

What precedent will this set if this type of unauthorized action is allowed to take place?

Perhaps further evidence will come to light in the next few days to enlighten us.

Haiti police charge US citizens with child-trafficking

Police in Haiti charged 10 members of a US Christian ministry group on child trafficking charges, after they allegedly tried to leave the country with more than 30 survivors of the earthquake.

News of the charges came amid dismay over a decision by the United States government to suspend medical evacuation flights and amid accusations about Washington’s role in Haiti from Latin American nations.

Haitian Social Affairs Minister Yves Christallin said the police arrested five men and five women with US passports, as well as two Haitians, as they tried to cross into the Dominican Republic with 31 children late Friday.

Christallin said two pastors were also involved — one in Haiti and one in Atlanta, Georgia. “This is an abduction, not an adoption,” he said.

CNN reported that the leader of the group, identified as Laura Silsby, said that the group’s aims were entirely altruistic and that they were only seeking to seek help for the children in the Dominican Republic.

Haiti police charge US citizens with child-trafficking – Yahoo!Xtra News

Laura Sillsby, one of those being held in Port-au-Prince, said: “We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there.” And where did the children come from? “We have a Baptist minister here (in Port-au-Prince) whose orphanage totally collapsed and he asked us to take the children to the orphanage in the Dominican Republic,” she replied. “They accuse us of children trafficking. This is something I would never do. We were not trying to do something wrong.”

Haiti: Let’s cut these US Christian ‘child smugglers’ some slack, shall we? – Telegraph Blogs

What do you think? Leave a comment and tell us how you see this recent development.

One Response to Christian Workers involved in Haiti Child-Trafficking?

  1. charmdeyes March 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I disagree with the substance of your article. It was the Dominican Republic that first alerted
    authorities about the acts of the so called “alturistic” purposes of the group. Moreover,
    the group has the classic stamp of human trafficing:
    a)using a church affiliation
    b)targeting vulnerable people at a critical time
    c)making use of a chaotic situtation
    d)using a younger woman as a ruse (not atypical)
    e) person(s) involved have a tumultous background (as laura Sillsby as reported by CNN)
    They should be charged accordingly, the use of a human being for exploitation in my estimation, should carry as severe as sentence as allowed by international law, and national laws of Countries as applicable.

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