American church group arrested on Haitian border accused of abducting children

published on February 1, 2010

Ten members of an American Baptist Church are to appear in a Haitian court this morning after being accused of running an illegal adoption scheme.

The group from Idaho said that they were carrying out a rescue mission and had accompanied more than 30 children as part of a plan to take at least 100 orphans out of Port-au-Prince to an orphanage that they run in the neighbouring Dominican Republic.

It was claimed last night that most of the children had living relatives and did not appear to know where they were going.

A government official described the group’s action as an “abduction”.

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