A group sponsored by a church based organization has been caught removing children from Haiti, they claim they are orphans and they were Saving them.

They have been arrested and charged with child stealing.



http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/01/31/2805914.htm

Americans caught taking children out of Haiti

Posted 20 minutes ago

Haitian earthquake victims line up to get food donations at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince

It is feared traffickers are exploiting the chaos and turmoil following Haiti's earthquake to adopt out children. (AFP: Jewel Samad)

Haitian police have arrested 10 United States citizens caught trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country in a suspected illicit adoption scheme, authorities say.

Authorities fear traffickers could try to exploit the chaos and turmoil following Haiti's January 12 earthquake quake to engage in illegal adoptions.

But one of the suspects, who says she is leader of an Idaho-based charity called New Life Children's Refuge (NCLR), denies they have done anything wrong.

The five men and five women are in custody in the capital Port-au-Prince after their arrests on Friday night.

They were detained at Malpasse, Haiti's main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their vehicle.

Authorities said the Americans had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the 33 children - aged 2 months to 12 years - and no papers showing the children were made orphans by the quake.

Yves Cristalin, Haiti's social affairs minister, says the incident is "totally illegal".

"No children can leave Haiti without proper authorisation and these people did not have that authorisation," he said.

But Laura Sillsby from the Idaho group NCLR says the group has done nothing wrong.

"We had permission from the Dominican Republic Government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there," she said.

"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. I was going to come back here to do the paperwork.

"They accuse us of children trafficking. This is something I would never do. We were not trying to do something wrong."

US authorities could not be reached for immediate comment on the arrests.

In addition to outright trafficking in children, authorities have voiced fears legitimate aid groups may have flown earthquake orphans out of the country for adoption before efforts to find their parents had been exhausted.

As a result, the Haitian Government halted many types of adoptions earlier this month.

There are no reliable estimates of the number of parentless and lost children at risk in Haiti's quake-shattered capital.

-Reuters

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This is the parent group for the New Life Children's Refuge .

http://www.worldharvestmission.org/about.htm

VISION STATEMENT

We are called to respond to spiritual and physical needs among the most vulnerable adult and children populations.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission is to reach the untold and to equip the saints. We will fulfil this mission by facilitating short and long term mission trip opportunities, for the purpose of creating and maintaining an environment in which the gospel can be advanced.

AFFILIATION
World Harvest Mission is an affiliate of Gospel Ministers and Churches International, which is based in Glendale, Arizona. Membership with GMCI provides support, and spiritual covering for our ministry.
I bet they prayed about it and the holy spirit told them it was OK to steal the children for jesus
And of course,good xtains never fuck up.
I hope this continues to be followed so we can see how it turns out.
"Xtians are not perfect just forgiven"

Let's see what the courts think !
hah hahahhaha love that one!
I doubt the meant any ill but it would have been better to respect the authority of the government rather than taking children out of the country

Some of the children are now saying they were not orphans
A recent article on this suggests that the group enlisted the aid of a local minister and that they went door to door asking for children. All this after the Haitian government quite publicly stated that no children would be allowed out of the country and all adoptions suspended. One poor child thought she was going to camp. Guess they didn't tell her it was jesus camp. Thank goodness the baptists are there to save the poor black children of voodoo practicing sinners.
If this wasn't Baptists, but a group like, say, the Moonies, the world would be going ape. Somehow it is perceived as being misguided rather than evil when it's done in the name of a more widely accepted religion. I hope they throw the book at them. And surely a comment like "We expect God's will be done and we will be released" is an insult to a country who's infrastructure and population has just been devastated, presumably by god's will. By extension is this assumption (that 'God' will look after us as we are true believers, but perhaps others of lesser faith will not be so well catered for by a god who looks after his own) any better than Pat Robertson's much-vilified claim that Haiti was being punished for a previous generation having made a pact with the devil?
This seems to be yet another example of somebody taking morally reprehensible action in the belief that their god says it's OK. And because they believe that that their god is widely accepted by society as being not only genuine, but also someone who decrees moral laws that supersede secular laws regardless of geo-political boundaries, they can justify their actions and will perceive and portray themselves as righteous victims in all this.
As I said, I hope they throw the book at them. More than that, I hope a point is made that Christianity is not above the law. Not holding out too much hope, though.
Sadly if they are found guilty it will probably be blamed as persecution by the Voodoo practicing satan worshiping Haitian people rather than admitting that Christians could actually do something morally and legally wrong :-(

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