February 5, 2010 7:04 AM

Haiti earthquake sheds light on its orphanages

Haiti's earthquake has exposed a shadowy world of unregulated orphanages. Even before the Port-au-Prince earthquake left as many as 300,000 children homeless — and before the spotlight fell on 10 Idaho missionaries charged with kidnapping Haitian kids — Haiti was a country where children were commonly reduced to a commodity. They were smuggled across the border as cheap labor, peddled for black-market adoptions, abandoned by their parents or forced into servitude, records and interviews show.

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