Ten American Baptists who tried to take orphans out of the country will appear in court to learn whether they face child trafficking charges.
The members of a church group from Idaho attempted to take 33 Haitian children to an orphanage being built in the Dominican Republic without official authorisation.
The five men and five women were stopped with the children, aged between two months and 14 years, at a border crossing on Friday and are due to appear in court on Monday.
It emerged on Sunday that most of the 33 children have family members that survived the Jan 12 earthquake.
Patricia Vargas, regional director of the SOS Children’s Village, where the children are being cared for, told the AFP news agency officials at the Haitian Institute of Social Welfare told her „most of the kids have family”.
Miss Vargas said some of the older children of the group had confirmed the officials’ words. Children over the age of seven said that „their parents are alive, and some of them gave us an address and phone numbers,” she said.
The US embassy in Haiti said on Sunday that ten US citizens were being held for „alleged violations of Haitian laws related to immigration”.
A spokesman for the church group said it had nothing but the best of intentions for the children, wanting to give them a better life.