With First Arrest in Haitian Child Trafficking, U.S. Adoptions of Haitian Children May Unknowingly Play into Hands of Recruiters/Child Traffickers

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We must not be so eager to get so-called “Orphaned Children” out of Haiti even though homeless and orphaned minors are believed to number in the hundreds of thousands according to aid organizations.

We must not be so eager to get so-called “Orphaned Children” out of Haiti even though homeless and orphaned minors are believed to number in the hundreds of thousands according to aid organizations.


Survivor of child trafficking and illegal adoption Rani Hong, founded the Tronie Foundation to fight slavery and human trafficking based on her experience as a survivor.

“We need to encourage patience with the adoption system for adoptee parents who simply have a good heart and want to help the many Haitian children in need,” said Rani Hong, founder of The Tronie Foundation (http://www.troniefoundation.org). “We know many traffickers pose as aid workers, government officials, illegal parents, mission groups etc. in order to take advantage of the crisis situation and supply vulnerable children to the very profitable underground black market.”

“Congress is now considering policy changes that will fast-track the adoption process, but the long term effect may harm the very orphans they are trying to help by moving so quickly,” said Rani Hong. Lawmakers highlighted the problems of bringing Haitian orphans back to the U.S. due to paperwork lost in Haiti and the need to protect children from human trafficking.


Many are asking if adoptions should be halted in order to verify if children have lost their parents to the earthquake or if they have just been separated from their families. For the time being, it is recommended to aid existing organizations in Haiti such as the United Nations, who has begun erecting special tent camps for thousands of Haitian girls and boys separated from their parents and at risk of falling prey to child-traffickers. This will give time for parents and children to be reunited, before they are automatically shipped out of the country. U.N. Children’s Fund has said children have been removed from the country without appropriate approvals already.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) is leading a bipartisan group in Congress to ask the State Department to provide aid for the children orphaned by the January 12 earthquake in Haiti and other adoption efforts.

Rani is in support for a congressional bill that would set up a separate office in the State Department to handle adoption issues, similar to the office that handles human trafficking. The office would focus on the issues of orphans and adoptions.


Rani Hong, survivor of child trafficking and illegal adoption, and founder of The Tronie Foundation is available immediately to discuss these issues in more detail.


To speak with Rani Hong call (360) 790-5159 or contact
Meg Aldrich, Aldrich Communications Group
(626) 825-0309

For more information about The Tronie Foundation and its efforts to combat child trafficking and slavery, log on to http://www.troniefoundation.org.


Rani Hong, a recipient of the United Nations Human Rights Award, combines her nationally recognized business skills with her passion to effect change for exploited women and children. Rani’s adoption was through a religious organization that had great intentions, but was not aware that child traffickers recruited children in a vulnerable situation. Rani was not an orphan, nor were her parents deceased as told by traffickers. Rani has contributed to the passage of precedent setting laws in Washington State, making it a national leader for addressing the crime of human trafficking as well as advising media, U.S. Congress and other parliaments on the issues of human trafficking. She and her husband, Trong Hong, founded the Tronie Foundation (http://www.troniefoundation.org), a non-profit organization promoting human trafficking education, policy change, and restoration for trafficking survivors.

Recent Huffington Post blog on the same topic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rani-hong


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