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Americans arrested taking children out of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitian police have arrested 10 U.S. citizens caught trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country in a suspected illicit adoption scheme, authorities said on Saturday.

The five men and five women were in custody in the capital, Port-au-Prince after their arrests on Friday night. There are fears that traffickers could try to exploit the chaos and turmoil following Haiti’s January 12 earthquake quake to engage in illegal adoptions.

One of the suspects, who says she is leader of an Idaho-based charity called New Life Children’s Refuge, denied they had done anything wrong.

The suspects were detained at Malpasse, Haiti’s main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their vehicle.

Authorities said the Americans had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the 33 children — aged 2 months to 12 years — through any embassy and no papers showing they were made orphans by the quake in the impoverished Caribbean country.

“This is totally illegal,” said Yves Cristalin, Haiti’s social affairs minister. “No children can leave Haiti without proper authorization and these people did not have that authorization.”

U.S. authorities could not be reached for immediate comment on the arrests.

But Laura Sillsby from the Idaho group told Reuters from a jail cell at Haiti’s Judicial Police headquarters, “We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there.”

“We have a Baptist minister here (in Port-au-Prince) whose orphanage totally collapsed and he asked us to take the children to the orphanage in the Dominican Republic,” Sillsby added.

“I was going to come back here to do the paperwork,” Sillsby said. “They accuse us of children trafficking. This is something I would never do. We were not trying to do something wrong.”

In addition to outright trafficking in children, authorities have voiced fears since the quake that legitimate aid groups may have flown earthquake orphans out of the country for adoption before efforts to find their parents had been exhausted.

As a result, the Haitian government halted many types of adoptions earlier this month.

There are no reliable estimates of the number of parentless and lost children at risk in Haiti’s quake-shattered capital.

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

Source Via Uruknet


  1. LGS said,

    January 31, 2010 at 11:35

    c’est terrible !

  2. rachel said,

    January 31, 2010 at 17:37

    we do not have orphanages in the USA. children go into state custody and then to a foster home. The 10 suspects are running some sort of scam.

  3. Hans Schmidt said,

    January 31, 2010 at 17:56

    When I saw on TV that Israeli Doctors arrived in Haiti, i knew that would happen. Time for our swedish newspaper to write a new article about organ harvesting.

  4. Frank Fredenburg said,

    January 31, 2010 at 20:07

    Either they are being taken for the sex industry, or organ harvesting. That’s my opinion. I read a story the other day, that told about trucks riding around Haiti picking up children. I thought it was The Local where I read it, but I just went to their site, and I don’t see the article. That is a Swedish site.

  5. Robin said,

    January 31, 2010 at 20:14

    Interesting, there is a blog for this group, it has been closed or was always closed.

    Bridge Bloggin’: New Life Children’s Refuge; Haitian Orphanage …
    Central Valley Baptist Church of Meridian, Idaho is fast underway of meeting the needs of the New Life Children’s Refuge. Information is listed on the …

    Go to their church website and you get a message:


    News Update

    A ten member church team traveled to Haiti to help rescue children from one or more orphanages that had been devastated in the earthquake on January 12. The children were being taken to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic where they could be cared for and have their medical and emotional needs attended to. Our team was falsely arrested today and we are doing everything we can from this end to clear up the misunderstanding that has occurred in Port au Prince.

    Go to this one:

    New Life Christian’s Refuge
    24 (Monday): Bus arrives in Cabarete, DR at New Life Children Refuge … New Life Children’s Refuge is in the process of buying land and building an …

    You get this:

    File not found: /cvbc09/splash/haiti2.cfm


    * Enable Robust Exception Information to provide greater detail about the source of errors. In the Administrator, click Debugging & Logging > Debug Output Settings, and select the Robust Exception Information option.
    * Check the ColdFusion documentation to verify that you are using the correct syntax.
    * Search the Knowledge Base to find a solution to your problem.

    Browser Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/2009122116 Firefox/3.0.17
    Remote Address
    Referrer http://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&q=New+Life+Children%E2%80%99s+Refuge&btnG=Google+Search
    Date/Time 31-Jan-10 12:42 PM

    OOOOH BOY found it

    Haiti Orphanage New Life Children’s Home A Refuge To Children …
    We are taking more sick and starving orphans into our Haiti orphanage, New Life Children’s Home than we have the capacity for as a result of the storms but …

    EXCEPT when you link to it

    The site is now password protected!

    AH HA they haven’t taken down their PR release!!


    And for all you out there that want to donate, well the link is there!

    Last but not least, lovin’ Guidestar which while at the bottom of their 2008 990 you can see the distributions for the purchase of land and the building on it in Haiti, no mention of an orphanage or their purpose or even listing as a church, school or anything of the kind in the “reason for public charity status” box to check!

    Click to access 2008-650641241-050bd57f-9.pdf

    Maybe it’s just me, but closing their blog and taking down the other site sure looks awful odd to me!

  6. fourthreichisrael said,

    February 1, 2010 at 00:07

    It’s so terribly sad, children are supposed to be cherished and have their needs met – have people make sure they are safe… not exploit and steal them for dreadful reasons – it’s criminal and immoral. This child trafficking must stop, it’s one of the most disturbing criminal activities on the planet.
    P.S. So many people have asked me to restart Peace for Palestine again, that I have done so, it has up-to-date news on Palestine and as before, a sanctuary for those who like to be on a network about Palestine.

    I don’t have the e-mails of the hundreds of members that were there before it was hacked and deleted, so I am not able to let everyone know that Peace for Palestine is back online.
    Since I don’t have your e-mail anymore, I invite you to rejoin the newly restored Peace for Palestine, Steve.
    in solidarity,

    P.S. Please add it to your “Noteworthy Sites” as you had before it was hacked deleted, that way, people will know it’s back online, also, it’s as good as it was before it as hacked and deleted and for that reason alone it deserves to be back as a link where you had it before.

    Thinking about P4P being hacked and deleted made me and others think that it was seen as a major threat to Zio-Nazis for them to go to all the trouble to try and shut it down, thus, the reason for resurrecting it…

    Thanks in advance for adding the link to P4P where you had it before.

  7. pathfinder said,

    February 1, 2010 at 00:39

    Paedophilia is merely a consequence of the sick post modern western lifestyle encouraging sexual freedom and adultery. The sure way to root out paedophilia is to follow the path of salvation and truth set out by God the Almighty. Embrace Islam!

  8. mary said,

    February 1, 2010 at 08:00

    Nice post.

    To the comment made by Robin – you are mixing up two very different groups in your comment above.
    World Harvest Missions Outreach is located in Florida and has been offering help to Haitians since the late 1970’s. Their orphanage is/was located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is called New Life Children’s Home.

    The arrested Baptist group is located in Idaho and they wanted to bring children out of Haiti into the Dominican Republic resort town of Cabarate, DR. They call their orphanage New Life Children’s Refuge. Too close for comfort to be sure.I believe they have been in the “nonprofit” business since October of 2009.

    The Guidestar document you link shows the EIN nonprofit number for World Harvest Missions Outreach and it is completely different from the EIN number for New Life Children’s Refuge. See their EIN number here:

    Click to access nlcrhaitianorphanrescuemission.pdf

    World Harvest Missions Outreach may have password protected their web site because too many people were mixing them up with the arrested Baptist group, New Life Children’s Refuge.

    Read that pdf document and on the third page notice the following:
    “NLCR is in the process of buying land and building an orphanage, school and church in Magante on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.”

    “…an interim solution in nearby Cabarete, where we will be
    leasing a 45 room hotel and converting it into an orphanage until the building is complete.”

    Future Buildings and Plans for NLCR in Magante:
    “Seaside Villas at Playa Magante*: Villas for adopting parents to stay while fulfilling requirement for 60‐90 day visit….”

    “Seaside Café at Playa Magante*: small beachfront restaurant serving the community and adopting parents”

    From the brochure (pdf document) it sure seems the group isn’t interested in “saving” these children and their families – they want to adopt them out. And they probably knew just what they were doing when they scooped them up and put them in their bus without the proper documentation. Disgusting.

  9. Privateye said,

    February 1, 2010 at 08:48

    I know for a fact that there is one or several groups of Americans who are deep into child abduction – real kidnappings of orphans and the abandoned – out of poor countries and they do like black kids. They have for instance bought babies from crack moms during the 90s and trafficked young girls out of Niger as well. They are then sold into slavery, and some of them are kept as sex- and house-slaves on farms in US rural areas. These people are organized and dangerous. I wonder if anybody will ever track them down. This group here sure sounds like it could have something to do with that. If i were the US authorities, I would immediately raid all their premises, but I’m sure they will probably fall for the cover and just ask for the release of ‘their citizens’, and the Haitians are too weak to get to them.

  10. Robin said,

    February 1, 2010 at 12:29

    Mary, Thank you for that distinction, I actually was scratching my head concerning Idaho vs Florida and was going to try to get to the bottom of it.

    The LA Times has an interesting article this morning


    OK, here’s where it gets more interesting. See the name Laura Silsby and her $$$ problems? Well, she has another non-profit as well,

    Personal Shopper Inc. founder Silsby is connected to Operation Smile


    And………..she won the 2006 Femtor business woman of the year award


  11. Robin said,

    February 1, 2010 at 17:19

    On another note, 600 solar powered Bibles have been sent to Haiti!


    And Pat Robertson has something in common with a voodoo priest in Haiti!!

    Anthony Pascal, a senior hungan in the capital Port-au-Prince, stressed …..
    He and his fellow priests, he claims, foresaw the earthquake. “We knew something big was going to happen six months ago and it would involve an upheaval. God’s anger with man was the cause of this upheaval, Mr Pascal insisted, a view echoed by Protestant and Catholic priests on the island. “People have turned away from spiritual values. They have become too obsessed with money.


    John Travolta and his scientologists are to the rescue. Is the war of Armageddon being staged in Haiti?

    DO NOT ASK! All of this is just beyond belief.

  12. February 1, 2010 at 17:26

    This is an outrageous situation that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I wrote about it on my blog here:

  13. February 1, 2010 at 22:16

    […] prosecution of the prophets [may sand flies be upon him] doctrine is anymore ubiquitous than Christians stealing children who “need God’s love and compassion”. Which kinda creeps me out as their same […]

  14. Frank Fredenburg said,

    February 1, 2010 at 22:40

    I just seen this article someone posted today. The title of the article is: Colorado Man To Plead Not Guilty To Charges He Abused Boys At Haitian School.

    Google Franklin Cover-Up

  15. Timmo said,

    February 2, 2010 at 00:06

    A lack of understanding about churches should not replace commonsense. Baptist churches don’t harvest organs or deal in child trafficking — that’s the domain of witchdoctors, pedophiles, and anti Falun Gong forces in China. The church members were naive in the way they tried to help these children and their families, but that’s all, as later reports clearly show.

  16. John Wallace said,

    February 2, 2010 at 00:10

    I seriously doubt that ten Baptists from Idaho were intentionally kidnapping people to be sold into sex slavery.

  17. Frank Fredenburg said,

    February 2, 2010 at 14:21

    I use to follow the belief that as long as people call themselves Baptists or Christians they couldn’t possible have bad or evil intentions. If your a Christian, which I happen to be, your suppose to believe in the teachings of Christ and follow the ten commandments. Over the years I’ve learned better! I’ve watched as ministers have used their bully pulpits to demand wars against countries that never attacked this country. Some of those ministers are GOOD BAPTISTS. I’ve also watched as GOOD BAPTISTS have turned a blind eye to Israeli Genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. They have also turned a blind eye to torture, rape and sodomy and even murder committed by the U.S. government in Iraq. Don’t forget the honorable Christian, George Bush, that lied us into that war, that killed well over a million Iraqi’s.
    What kind of people go into another people’s country and kidnap their children? GOOD BAPTISTS! Some of the reports I have heard, said that some of those kids they absconded with, wasn’t even orphans. I wonder how people in this country would feel, if we had a devastating earthquake, and foreigners came in here and grabbed American children, and ran for the Mexican border? I hope Haitian authorities throw the book at them!
    As far as Christians, Baptists or whatever being involved in sex rings, check out this video on the Franklin Cover-Up.
    Conspiracy of Silence – Illuminati Pedophiles in Washington D.C.
    The video is 55 minutes long. It is based on a book by John DeCamp, a former Nebraska senator, called The Franklin Cover-Up.
    This is the words at the beginning of the video.
    On Tuesday May 3rd 1994 this program was scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel.
    Influential members of congress applied pressure to the cable industry to stop the airing of the program and destroy ALL COPIES.
    It was already listed nation-wide in the April 30th – May 6th edition of the TV Guide and newspaper supplements.
    The Discovery Channel and Yorkshire Television were reimbursed for the 1/4 to 1/2 million dollars production costs.
    This Is The Program They Didn’t Want You To See!

    If you watch this video, you’ll see that the GOOD CHRISTIAN organization Boys Town, was mixed up in this scandal.
    Timmo you forgot to mention that the Israeli’s are harvesting the organs of Palestinians! They are also big in the White Slave racket. As well as other legal and illegal, sex activities. But that is a topic for another day.

  18. Frank Fredenburg said,

    February 2, 2010 at 14:31

    I tried that link and of course it doesn’t work, even though I double checked it. I’ve noticed this has been happening a lot on the Internet lately.
    Go to Google Videos and type in Conspiracy of Silence. Make sure you watch the Highest Quality Version. It is much better than the earlier video!

  19. Ken said,

    February 3, 2010 at 08:07

    They removed contact info from their website and added a splash message about how their people were ‘falsely’ arrested … Sickening! I bet they don’t even realize that Haiti is 96% Christian, that the kids don’t need ‘saving’ in the way they really intend to ‘save’ them.

    And Falsely arrested? … so they aren’t just Lying for Jesus as so many Christians do, now they think they can steal kids for Jesus. It’s all good if it’s done in the name of your particular imaginary sky fairy.

    WWJD? … Well, if he’s Baptist, he’d say any kind of lie to make it appear acceptable to steal kids from their parents!

    The phone number of the Central Valley Baptist Church is 1 208 888 4189

    An old contact page for the church can be found at the following link. It’s an old version of their website but seems to still be working … they might even get messages you leave for them:


    I love Google Cache, someone should really try out that phone number.

  20. Robin said,

    February 4, 2010 at 15:12

    Confirmed. The Idaho Statesman has done some digging and exposed “Christian” Laura Silsby who when confronted in jail by hard questions by CNN broke out with her fellow prisoners in song, avoiding answering the questions posed to her


  21. John said,

    February 9, 2010 at 23:43

    I took the time to read all of the comments and see the general patterns in these types of posts:

    1. Mixing identities.
    2. Evolving stories produce changing ‘facts’.
    3. Hidden agenda and ‘flag’ waving.
    4. Colorization, spin, and name calling adjectives.
    5. Attempts to associate to extremes.

    I am glad that the Haiti authorities are on top of this and that justice will be served. I think everyone agrees here that these people proceeded without regard to due process. Was this intentional? Only the court’s opinion matters. Where they involved with ‘slave trading’ or organ harvesting? Most likely not… they were easily caught and their source and destinations were well defined. But… anyone is capable of pure evil… thus, I am glad that the Haiti authorities are on top of this and they will address this in their courts.

  22. Frank Fredenburg said,

    February 16, 2010 at 02:22

    Haredi Linked To Human Trafficking, Prostitution

    Haredi Advisor To Jailed Americans In Haiti ‘Disappears’

    On The Lam: Sex Trafficking Charges Causes Adviser To Jailed Americans In Haiti To Run

  23. Frank Fredenburg said,

    February 16, 2010 at 02:45

    The third one I messed up!

    On The Lam: Sex Trafficking Charges Causes Adviser To Jailed Americans In Haiti To Run

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