Ten American Baptists face charges of child abduction and criminal conspiracy after trying to take 33 Haitian children across the border into the Dominican Republic without the government’s permission. Members of the New Life Children’s Refuge group are accused of flouting Haiti’s child-protection laws when the country is at its most vulnerable. The Haitian government has imposed a moratorium on international adoptions following the earthquake, fearing that in the ensuing chaos the risk of child-trafficking, already a mounting problem in Haiti, would increase. The abduction charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison but is not the most serious the 10 could have faced, that of child-trafficking. (The Globe and Mail)

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