US Baptist child trafficking in Haiti

This is a video of CNN in the USA about the Southern Baptist child trafficking in Haiti.

Ten members of a Baptist-affiliated group from Idaho are accused of child trafficking for attempting to spirit 33 Haitian children out of the country, supposedly for adoption in the US. Several of the children said their parents are not dead: here.

The accused are of the fundamentalist Southern Baptist Church (which originally arose as a split by slavery supporters from Southern US states from anti slavery “Northern” Baptists). See also US Southern Baptist televangelist Pat Robertson‘s view of the Haitian anti slavery revolt about 200 years ago as supposedly “Satanic“.

Haitian Judge Expected to Rule Today in Child Trafficking Charges. Reporter Says She Warned the Americans They Could Be Stopped at Border: here.

The plight of the American missionaries awaiting trial in Haiti for kidnapping children has been reported pretty sympathetically so far — even though 22 of the 33 children they tried to take across the border into the Dominican Republic have parents, which is stretching the definition of “orphan” even beyond that in the dictionary Madonna evidently consults: here.

U.S. CHURCH FACES NEGLECT ALLEGATIONS AFTER DEATHS OF CHILDREN IN FIRE For a limestone mantel from the Waldorf Astoria, the church that owns the Olde Good Things antique stores asks for $8,500. But for the death of each child in a fire at a home it ran in Haiti, parents said the same church offered to pay just $50 to $100 in family compensation — along with $150 for funeral-related costs such as new clothes and transportation. On Feb. 13, a fire killed 13 children and two adult caretakers described by the church’s lawyer as disabled. [HuffPost]

Hundreds of mourners have called for the return of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide – at a gravel pit in Haiti where countless earthquake victims have been dumped: here.

Haiti protests over quake aid: here.

HAITI: Displaced Women Face Double Jeopardy: here.

Orphan Fever: The Evangelical Movement’s Adoption Obsession. When devout Christian families made it their mission to save children from war-torn countries, the match was often far from heavenly: here.

Four hundred labourers were lured from Thailand to the US and forced to work as virtual slaves in a crime described by the FBI on Thursday as the largest human-trafficking case ever in the US.

13 thoughts on “US Baptist child trafficking in Haiti

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    By Peter Hallward
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    recent history.[1] It has adopted military priorities and strategies. It
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    of the majority of its people. And it has proceeded in ways that
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    struck Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The earthquake caused great
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    January 23, 2010 — Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12,
    2010, there has been a global outpouring of support. Many people,
    horrified by the scenes of sheer devastation, the astronomical death
    toll and the struggle of survivors to gain access to medicines, food and
    shelter, are left wondering: why so many? The oft-repeated tag of Haiti
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  4. Three people smugglers held

    Bolivia: Officials have detained three people suspected of trafficking 19 Haitian children following last month’s devastating earthquake in the underdeveloped country, a prosecutor reported on Wednesday.

    Pura Cuellar said that Haitians Norvil Hugneau and Brevil Marie Dominque and Bolivian Nora Soliz Aguilera had been charged with human trafficking “with the intent of work-related and sexual exploitation.”

    The children, ranging in age from six to 16, were among 76 Haitians who arrived in Bolivia last month.


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