Baptist group gets busted for child trafficking

A group of 10 missionaries with little experience and few braincells have been arrested in Haiti for suspected child trafficking after they attempted to sneak 33 kids out of the country. The 5 women and 5 men are members of a small Baptist church in Idaho, and claim they were merely trying to help these poor kids find new homes and new parents. The problem with their plan is not only did they have no documentation; a significant portion of the children they were attempting to sneak to the Dominican Republic were not actually orphans.

This whole business has caused a huge stir, and the government is worried more children might be taken away from their homes and loved ones and sold as sex workers (it was already a problem BEFORE the earthquake). The president has declared  he must personally approve every adoption to avoid any more potential child trafficking while the dust settles.

Now I’m going to give these idiots the benefit of the doubt; I’m sure they thought they were rescuing the children from a life of both poverty, and more specifically, evil voodoo magic. Unfortunately, since so many aid services are run by similarly well meaning religionists with brains two sizes too small, many locals are distraught that the priority is often on conversion, and not actual welfare of Haitians.

“There are many who come here with religious ideas that belong more in the time of the Inquisition,” said Max Beauvoir, head of Haiti’s Voodoo Priests Association, which represents thousands of priests and priestesses. “These types of people believe they need to save our souls and our bodies from ourselves. We need compassion, not proselytizing now, and we need aid — not just aid going to people of the Christian faith.”

The government hasn’t decided if they are going to prosecute these morons, but this whole affair could have some serious consequences for other religious groups hoping to offer aid. I would put it plainly: we’ll take your money, but you can keep your fucking religion to yourself.

(props James and Jeff for the link)

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Comments (5)

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    LB

    I’m going to reserve judgment on this one. Their orphanage explanation is plausible given the chaos that is Haiti. This type of thing happens a lot after disasters, the sad thing is I’m not sure you can ever really know what;s actually going on.

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    kilativ

    I listened to this on NPR as well with an interview with one of those idiots. You gotta be really stupid to think that you can go to Haiti, take a kid and legally leave without any documents.

    How were they planning to bring them to the USA? Those kids wouldn’t be legal in the states anyway. What future would they have in Idaho?

  • avatar

    Tweedsmier

    Anyone have the link for the npr interview?

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