10 children rescued from Haitian human smugglers

13:54, July 28, 2011      

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Authorities in the Dominican Republic have rescued 10 children smuggled from Haiti, the Special Terrestrial Border Security Unit (Cesfront) said Wednesday.

Cesfront officials said a Haitian citizen who had transported the children aged between 4 and 9 had managed to escape after noticing the presence of soldiers in the province of Dajabon bordering Haiti.

According to the children's testimony, they came from Haitian capital Port-au-Prince as well as the city of Cabo Haiti where their parents entrusted them to a man and a woman who smuggled them to Dominican Republic.

The special border unit said the children's final destination was supposed to be Santiago City where they are going to earn a living for their traffickers as child beggars on the street along with other Haitian children.

Marie Yolene Rene, representative of the humanitarian Ouanaminthe Protection Brigade, said the children had been handed over to the organization for care until a solution is found.

Authorities normally seek to repatriate children rescued in such circumstances to Haiti to reunite with their family. More often than not, desperate parents sell their children under the false promises that they are off to a better life where childless couples will care for them and offer them an education.

According to Yolene, the number of Haitian children brought into the Dominican Republic in "an irregular way" has been rising in recent months.

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