Ten Baptists in Haiti–attempted to take 33 children to the Dominican Republic, without proper authorization. This has resulted in their detention, as they are now being charged with child trafficking. Perhaps they were acting with the best of intentions, but shame on them for not playing by the rules.
Yes, there are families in Haiti, who are more than willing to part with their cihldren.
Yes, there are exigent circumstances, as there are many Haitian children starving and going without basic human care.
Yes, the adoption of these children, by Americans and other Westerners who are comparatively wealthy, would be a benefit to those children.
It is also true that these types of crises also bring out the child traffickers, who seek to take children for their own profit, selling them into sex slavery.
To that extent, the Haitian government should be leery of this deluge of attempts at adoption. An orderly process ought to be set up, whereby children can be adopted by families who are seeking to be charitable, and reasonable efforts can be taken to screen out those who would take children for the purposes of exploitation.
The Baptists, sadly, by breaking the law, have made the process harder for those who are seeking to go through legitimate channels.
The worst losers in this: the Haitian children.