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Predators stealing Haiti's children

Mia Pean saw the same pick up trucking circling the area, shouting out of the window, "Manje! Manje!," which is Creole for "eat." These children, starved for food, shelter and love run to this vehicle every time it passes. It is not known how many children have fallen victim to fulfill a need with the promise of these predators. This practice is not uncommon for predators and their prey, in Haiti and the United States. Except there aren't laws in place to protect the precious children of Haiti. No matter how flawed our system, it is better than nothing. Our hearts go out to these children who have lost their parents.

Pean, a Haitian-American emergency consultant for the Andrew Young Foundation, doubts that altruism is the motive of the pickup driver, and others like him, who are now prowling Haiti's streets. The quake that has killed 150,000 people has left thousands of children orphaned, and vulnerable to being preyed upon by child traffickers and Haiti's shameful tradition of keeping child slaves known as restaveks. "I really fear," says Pean, "that most of the kids you see being picked up on the streets in Haiti right now are going to become restaveks or victims of sexual trafficking."  Read more click here.

For more info: If you or someone you know in the Huntsville, Alabama area needs help please visit, Family Services Center, 600 St. Claire Ave., Huntsville, AL. phone (256) 551-1610. To report child abuse, sexual abuse or neglect please contact Department of Human Resources (256) 535-4500 , Huntsville Police Department (256) 722-7100. Crisis Services of North Alabama. Photo: Associated Press

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