Several parishioners at a baptist church in Meridian, Id., are facing child trafficking charges in Haiti for what appears to be their part in illegal adoptions. They were allegedly, adopting some 33 Haitian children, but the government believes that the children were not properly researched to determine if the children actually have parents that are living and are searching for them.
Pastor Clint Henry of Central Valley Baptist Church had to explain to his congregation that 10 of their congregation were being held in Port Au Prince. He told them that their only reason for being there was to help provide resources to children that have been brought to the orphanage. The children were supposed to be transferred to a Dominican Republic orphanage and cared for there.
Allegedly, the parents of some of the children had been told that their children “were going on a holiday from the post-quake misery.” These americans are the first to be detained by the Haitian government. Read here for more details on this fiasco. Also, you can watch the pastor give an explanation to his congregation’s involvement or lack thereof: