Hi I’m Zach, I am 15 years old and with stop the traffic on my work experience. The top story that has recently reached the press is of the American Christian missionaries being accused of trafficking young children from Haiti because they believed that the children where left orphaned as a result of the Haiti earthquake and they wanted to give the children protection from being exploited by other people which is what may have happened if they weren’t rescued by them. Children are particularly vulnerable when a natural disaster occurs because they are often left without a home and sometimes even without a family which makes it easy for people to take advantage of their insecurity. What shocks me most about human trafficking is that its happening everywhere, even in England people are being bought and sold all over the place and no one seems to notice because they think its only happening far away in less developed countries when it is actually happening in our own local community.
Should they be prosecuted for human trafficking even though they were doing it with the intention of helping the children because of the misunderstanding that the children where left alone without their family?