Friday 26 May 2017

Child traffickers target Haiti's legion of orphans

Matthew Bigg in Port-Au-Prince

HAITIAN children made orphans by this month's catastrophic earthquake or separated from their parents face a growing threat from child traffickers or illicit adoptions, the government and aid groups say.

They fear unscrupulous traffickers may try to exploit the chaos and social turmoil following the January 12 quake to spirit defenceless infants out of the impoverished country through the airport or across the land border with the Dominican Republic.

A police unit tasked with protecting minors has sent officers to the border but officials said that like every other Haitian institution, the unit had been hit hard by the earthquake that killed at least 120,000 people and probably many more.

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