A Haitian judge said Feb. 15 he would deepen his inquiry into 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping children following media reports that a legal adviser working with them was under investigation in El Salvador for suspected human trafficking. The questions surrounding Jorge Puello, a Dominican Republic national who was acting as adviser to the missionaries after their arrest last month following Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake, appeared to be complicating the case against the Americans, despite initial indications they would be freed. U.S. media reports over the weekend said El Salvador authorities were investigating whether Puello was the same person suspected of running a human trafficking ring that recruited Central American and Caribbean women and girls and forced them to work as prostitutes. (Reuters)

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