Archivio tag: traffickers

Haiti’s ‘orphans’ easy prey post-quake

A Haitian judge is expected to rule today whether there is sufficient evidence to try the 10 jailed American missionaries for child trafficking.

They were arrested for trying to bring 33 children they believed were orphans out of the earthquake-hit country.

The children, whose ages ranged from 2 months to 12 years, are now staying in a temporary home.

Haitian officials have given warning that child traffickers could take advantage of the chaos after the quake.

The 7.0-magnitude quake on January 12 killed 170,000 people, made more than one million homeless and left many children vulnerable in Haiti.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Port-au-Prince on how orphans are easy prey for child traffickers.

Mexico’s youth being lured into drug trade

No one knows how many young people are joining the drug traffickers, but it is luring many.

The illegal business is worth an estimated $80 billion dollars a year.

According to a US State Department official, thats drawn an estimated 150 thousand Mexicans to the illegal drug trade and fueled the violence.

For them, the answer is simple: the government must remove the economic incentive for trafficking drugs by legalising them.

Al Jazeera’s Franc Contreras reports from Mexico.