Texan Among Americans Arrested For Trying To Take Children Out Haiti

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - One Texan is among 10 Americans arrested
for allegedly trying to take children out of earthquake-devastated
Haiti.

The Baptists were waiting Monday to hear if they will be tried
on child trafficking charges for attempting to take 33 Haitian
children to the Dominican Republic without official authorization.

Child welfare groups expressed outrage over Friday's attempt,
saying some of the children had parents who survived the Jan. 12
earthquake.

An Associated Press photo taken Saturday, as the Americans posed
at police headquarters at the airport in Port-au-Prince, included
47-year-old Jim Allen of Amarillo.

The Amarillo Globe-News reported Monday that Allen was joined in
Haiti by his cousin, Paul Thompson, formerly of Amarillo, and
Thompson's son, Silas.

The Baptist group's "Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission" was
described as an effort to save abandoned, traumatized children.


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