As a consequence of the chaos that usually follows emergencies, thousands of children since
Of course it was no surprise when ten Americans from an
Children's charity Plan International is taking the lead in the fight to protect orphans and other vulnerable children at risk of trafficking after the
Save the Children, World Vision and the British Red Cross have called for an immediate halt to adoptions of Haitian children not approved before the earthquake, warning that child traffickers could exploit the lack of regulation. Workers from aid groups and other non-governmental and religious organizations have poured into
Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told The New York Times that child enslavement and trafficking was "an existing problem and could easily emerge as a serious issue over the coming weeks and months". A Unicef adviser, Jean Luc Legrand, told the media that he knew of at least 15 cases of children disappearing from hospitals.
It appears that the quake which is believed to have killed about 170,000 people has been a great benefit for traffickers who reportedly earn up to 400 Haitian dollars (US$80) for each child that enters the country, which shares the