Haiti Prosecutors Urge Prison Time for Missionary

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The trial for Laura Silsby, the U.S. missionary who tried to take children out of Haiti without proper paperwork, is now undeway in Haiti. Prosecutors have asked the court to sentence her to six months in jail.

Silsby was the leader of a missionary group arrested in Haiti shortly after the earthquake struck the island nation. The group was trying to relocate 33 children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.

"One week after the earthquake I left my family and my home to help children that had been orphaned in the earthquake," Silsby said. "We came here with a heart to help."

The Haitian government contends that Silsby knew she was breaking the law by not having the right legal documents.

"If the United States had an earthquake, that would not give you the right to take children," prosecutor Sonel Jean-Francois said.

The nine other members of her group have since been released from jail and charges dropped.

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