March 19th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Former legal adviser to U.S. missionaries in Haiti arrested

Jorge Torres-Puello

A man who provided legal advice to the 10 American Baptists accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children after the earthquake there was arrested Thursday night in the Dominican Republic for human trafficking, the country's anti-narcotics agency said Friday.

The man, identified as Jorge Torres-Puello, is linked to a network that trafficked in Haitian and Central American children and is wanted in the United States, El Salvador and Costa Rica, the National Drug Control Agency said in a news release.

Torres-Puello had been hiding in the Dominican Republic after he was accused of using the country to take Haitian children to North America, it added.

- Journalist Diulka Perez contributed to this story from Santo Domingo

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Shelia Fields

    Kind of scary what people do in the name of " Christ"

    March 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lawrence

    what was his intentions is what I am wondering. If he was trafficking in children, and those missionaries were taking children out of Haiti . . . kind of makes you wonder about missionaries huh. I have to wonder what kind of advice he gave those missionaries. Haitian authorities had to have an idea what was going on when children were being taken out of Haiti, into the Dominican and carting them off to the US.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kerri

    I very much Agree with you Shelia...

    Why would they let them leave to the Dominican without question.

    I beleive theres more here then meets the eye...

    March 22, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lawrence

    What's more to say, this has been going on for quite some time. and the Catholic child porno ring has been avertig their eyes for decades and decades and calling it christianity???

    March 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lawrence

    and some more, it isn't just in the Catholic church either, think about that one!

    March 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |