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    Human Predators Stalk Haiti's Vulnerable Kids

    Human Predators Stalk Haiti's Vulnerable Kids - Yahoo! News

    Mia Pean's heart sank last week when she saw the Toyota pickup truck cruising the debris-cluttered streets of Leogagne, ground zero for the earthquake that has devastated Haiti. Each time the driver saw a child - especially a young teen - he would stick his head out of the window and shout, "Manje, manje," Creole for "eat." Pean says she watched the hungry kids, four or five at a time, hop into the back of the pickup, which then disappeared. "I saw the same man again a few days later in Carrefour," a poor suburb of Port-au-Prince, says Pean. "I asked him, 'What are you doing with all those children?' He said, 'Don't worry, we're going to put them in safe homes.' Then he drove off."
    But 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." (See TIME's exclusive photos from the Haiti earthquake.)
    Pean isn't the only one concerned. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive on Tuesday expressed the fear that amid the clamor to airlift Haitian orphans out of the devastated country to waiting adoptive parents in the U.S. and Europe, others are being trafficked. The U.N. says it's on alert to prevent the exploitation of the thousands of Haitian kids who've lost or been separated from their parents and who wander aimlessly in search of food, water and shelter. UNICEF, the U.N.'s child advocacy arm, as well as groups like Save the Children and the Red Cross, say they're registering at-risk kids and setting up shelters exclusively for them. Says one UNICEF official monitoring reports of scenes like the one witnessed by Pean, "Traffickers fish in pools of vulnerability, and we've rarely if ever seen one like this."
    The earthquake seems to have shaken more Haitians into vigilance as well - and perhaps, unfortunately, some vigilantism. In the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Petit Place Cazeu on Wednesday, a crowd of quake survivors living in tents surrounded a pickup truck and beat up the driver, saying he had for several days been trying to kidnap young girls. Bleeding from his nose, mouth and scalp, he managed to get back in his truck and flee. (The angry crowd then threatened to beat up a journalist for even asking questions about child trafficking.)
    But the problem remains daunting, and it is exacerbated by the fact that children are not accorded much if any protection under Haitian law or culture. That's a big reason restaveks are still so prevalent today, not just in Haiti but even in Haitian-American enclaves in the U.S., such as New York and Miami, as TIME first reported in 2001. Restavek in Creole means "to stay with," an innocuous term for a far more sinister practice - children, often given up by their poor Haitian families, "stay with" more affluent families as slaves. And like most slaves, they're usually subject to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. (See more pictures from Haiti's devastating earthquake.)
    Before the earthquake, the Haitian government itself estimated that more than 300,000 Haitian children were living as restaveks in the country, and more of them abroad. Those numbers are likely to grow, says Danielle Romer, a Haitian-American social worker and head of Haitian Support Inc. in Miami, who has long fought the restavek practice - her efforts still often met with denial and even anger by many Haitians. "We were starting to see some improvement before the earthquake, both in terms of getting more of these children into orphanages and missions and in terms of getting some teaching about it out to Haitians," says Romer. "But I'm afraid the earthquake just opens the box to a scarier situation."
    Joan Conn, executive director of the Jean Cadet Restavek Foundation in Cincinnati, agrees. "We had been building more awareness in Haiti than ever before," says Conn. "At least people were actually starting to say the word 'restavek' out loud for once. But with so many children now abandoned and alone, the task could become even harder." Conn's organization - named for Jean-Robert Cadet, a former restavek whose 1998 autobiography, Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle Class American, lifted the lid on the problem - works to give restaveks refuge in Haiti. In the wake of the earthquake, its staff and volunteers have fanned out across Port-au-Prince and the provinces to watch out for vulnerable kids. (See a TIME video with former President Bill Clinton speaking on Haiti.)
    Under prodding from the U.N., the Haitian government last year had finally begun to move against the restavek practice. Last May, some 500 Haitian officials attending a conference with Conn and other child advocates had pledged to make restavek and child-protection a legislative priority. But word has yet to trickle down to the general Haitian population, says Conn, and most restavek recruiters and other child traffickers still feel they have carte blanche to funnel kids to wealthier Haitian families, or abroad.
    Worse, says Pean, many of them are exploiting the rush to get Haitian children out of the quake-ravaged country. She recalls the man in the Toyota pickup telling her that "Senators in Washington want us to expedite getting the kids to the U.S." But, she adds, "the Senators are talking about kids who already have adoption papers ready. These guys are trying to exploit all that confusion." The situation for Haitian youths was difficult enough before the earthquake. Now, in addition to losing their families, many are under the threat of losing their childhoods as well.

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    I wondered how long would it take for the do-gooders to discover this new gold mine ... prepare the check book guys , new taxes.. erhhh... I meant new "contributes" are going to be levied

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    Doesn't take long for the sick puppies to get to work on disasters does it...The Tsunami was no different...Khao lak kids were going missing there...within hours and days apparently...

    The Human'e' race...???!!!!

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    We always get these stories after disasters. I remember the same stories after the tsunami and the Burmese typhhon. "child traffickers swarming over disaster zones". Nothing was ever proved. Of course there probably are some, suffering always attracts some scumbags but I doubt it's any major problem, considering.

    Reminds me of something I read a while back on an NGO volunteers blog. She described the Chiang Mai night bazaar as a hellish scene of geriatric farangs dragging their 12 year old sex slaves through dark and decrepit streets filled with mutilated children and weeping lepers rolling in filth. I wish, sounds like something from Apocalaypse Now. I've always thought the Night Bazaar would be improved by having rows of decapitated heads place either side of the steps leading up to the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Reminds me of something I read a while back on an NGO volunteers blog. She described the Chiang Mai night bazaar as a hellish scene of geriatric farangs dragging their 12 year old sex slaves through dark and decrepit streets filled with mutilated children and weeping lepers rolling in filth .
    One of my favourites many years ago was aboard discussion somehwere with a female american backpacker who has been horrified with bangkok as it was filled with coke fuelled drug addicts and hookers everywhere. Her evidence for the first was all the people going around with little tubes of cocaine, which they stuck up there noses and inhaled on anywhere and everwhere. The second was that gangs of motorcyle drivers in jackets sat around on street corners as a hooker delivery service. All they ever did was wait for a call for a customer, then drive the hooker to her customer.

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    If they are going to starve, then these street kids take the decision to present themselves as buggerees.

    Rather grotesque, but they'd prefer to accept that fate than die one presumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ghost_Of_The_Moog View Post
    If they are going to starve, then these street kids take the decision to present themselves as buggerees.

    Rather grotesque, but they'd prefer to accept that fate than die one presumes.
    yeah, god forbid the have a third, humane option....

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    3 men are captured by a cannibal tribe in the Amazon.

    the tribe give the men a choice. To suffer bonga-bonga and be freed, or to be killed and eaten.

    The first man asks "what is bonga-bonga?"

    Chief replies "our strongest men take you into the forest and bugger you"

    The first man thinks about it. "I'll choose bonga-bonga then freedom" he says. The men take him away, shag him then set him free.

    The second man says "I will also choose bonga-bonga" again the men take him away shag him then set him free.

    The third man however says "I'm sorry I have my pride, I choose death!"

    The chief walks over puts his hands on the man's shoulders and says "so be it! DEATH BY BONGA-BONGA!"

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    ^Got any good ones about kidnapped orphans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ghost_Of_The_Moog View Post
    3 men are captured by a cannibal tribe in the Amazon.

    the tribe give the men a choice. To suffer bonga-bonga and be freed, or to be killed and eaten.
    Pretty sure I saw you on You Tube telling a story about three nuns.

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    But Pean, a Haitian-American emergency consultant for the Andrew Young Foundation, doubts that altruism is the motive of the pickup driver,
    So, what do we have - one guy who has seen someone in a pickup truck offering food to children.

    Tell you what - If I were in Haiti with a pick-up truck and sufficient food, that is precisely what I would do - even at the risk of being labelled a kiddy-fiddler by some misguided, but probably well-meaning NGO.

    Not saying it doesn't happen, but the children in Haiti are probably more at risk from starvation, disease and malnourishment than from pedophiles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot
    I wondered how long would it take for the do-gooders to discover this new gold mine ... prepare the check book guys , new taxes.. erhhh... I meant new "contributes" are going to be levied
    No surprise that you were the first person on this thread attacking the people who try to help children who are sexually exploited. Every thread that has a story of a child being the victim of sexual abuse, there is you claiming otherwise. It has been noted.

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    ^ Oooohhhh that sounded serious EN....watch it wefearoundespot...your cards been marked..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole
    ^ Oooohhhh that sounded serious EN....watch it wefearoundespot...your cards been marked..
    Yes, the sexual exploitation of children is a joke to be laughed at.

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    ^getting desperate for a catch, EN? How many weeks now since somebody last fell for one of your trolls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by wefearourdespot
    I wondered how long would it take for the do-gooders to discover this new gold mine ... prepare the check book guys , new taxes.. erhhh... I meant new "contributes" are going to be levied
    No surprise that you were the first person on this thread attacking the people who try to help children who are sexually exploited. Every thread that has a story of a child being the victim of sexual abuse, there is you claiming otherwise. It has been noted.
    Am I threatening your rice bowl, EN ?

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