Ten Americans were charged with child abduction and criminal conspiracy in Haiti on Thursday after attempting to take 33 children out of Haiti last Saturday without following the proper procedure, reports the New York Times.
The self-proclaimed missionaries said they only wanted to help the recently orphaned children, but many of the children still had at least one parent alive according to the New York Times.
The Ambassador of Haiti, Raymond Joseph, has said that "the charges signal that anarchy will not prevail, despite the earthquake's destruction of most government buildings in Port-au-Prince reports the Christian Science Monitor
The prosecutor, Mazil Fortil did not seek charging the Americans with human trafficking, but if convicted of the present charges, they could face up to 15 years in prison says The New York Times.
Parents of the children said they were told the children would be taken to the Dominican Republic to be educated while the website for the organization stated that the children would be eligible for adoption in the United States reports the New York Times.
The Times reports that the leader of the Baptist group is Laura Silsby, a businesswoman, whose employees in Utah have complained of unpaid wages. She is currently "trusting God for a positive outcome"