Haiti P.M.: U.S. Baptists knew removing kids was wrong

February 02, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's prime minister said Monday that 10 Americans who tried to take a busload of undocumented Haitian children out of the country knew that "what they were doing was wrong" and could be prosecuted in the United States. Prime Minister Max Bellerive told the Associated Press that his country is open to having the Americans face U.S. justice, since most government buildings - including Haiti's courts - were crippled by the earthquake. Haitian officials insist some prosecution is needed to help deter child trafficking, which many fear will flourish in the chaos caused by the devastating Jan. 12 quake. The 10 church group members, who have not yet been charged, insisted they were only trying to save abandoned and traumatized children - but appeared to lack any significant experience with Haiti, international charity work or international adoption regulations.

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