Arrest for Adviser to US Haiti Missionaries

    Dominican Republic police has arrested a legal adviser to a group of U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti for several weeks on allegations of child kidnapping, Reuters reports. Jorge Puello Torres, a citizen of Dominican Republic, is wanted in El Salvador for human trafficking. He was nabbed while in a Santo Domingo car wash late March 18 on a warrant issued by international police organization Interpol.

    The missionaries of a Baptist church in Idaho - nine of 10 have been released - attested that they were only trying to help children orphaned by the Jan. 12 earthquake. But the supposed orphans, in fact, still had living parents, who said they gave their children to the American missionaries so their offspring can gain education and a better life, the Reuters report indicates.

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      Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.