A group of ten Baptists from the United States were arrested when they tried to take 33 children out of Haiti. The Group said that they were trying to do the right thing to save the children. They were arrested for “attempted trafficking of children” since they didn’t have the correct documentation.
Many parents who have been interviewed have said that they would gladly release their kids to a better life. But, doing that is much easier said than done, as the Baptist Group found out. To make a proper adoption at this point is near impossible with the current state of the government. In order for a child to be released, a personal authorization from Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.
It was reported that the Baptist church group’s own mission statement said it planned to spend only hours in the devastated capital, quickly identifying children without immediate families and busing them to a rented hotel in the Dominican Republic without bothering to get permission from the Haitian government.
It sounds like the group had very good intentions, but were a little reckless in their planning. Hopefully, the Haitian government sees their intent and allows them to be released.
*** NEW UPDATE *** Baptist Group in Haiti has been charged with Child Kidnapping