The media succeeded once again to sweep everyone’s attention over to the affairs of Christian missionaries and now continuously do so by carrying it onto their lawyer. How did they do that? just like they always have by using trendy words like child trafficking or human trafficking. For the past few days, google’s number one news on human trafficking has not been an article about human trafficking victims but whether an El Salvadoran man was a trafficker or not. Though the matter seems important enough, it does not have the merits to deserve our full attentions to distract us from focusing on Haitian victims and their future. The investigation will go on whether we give our attention or not. But, the victims will eventually be left abandoned if we don’t give enough attention to their issues.
There was no child trafficking case for the missionaries from the beginning
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) defines human trafficking as follows: 
Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.
The website of UNODC further specifies that one needs three constituent elements to satisfy the definition of human trafficking: the act, the means, and the purpose. The missionary case, though media has called it a child trafficking case, does not satisfy the elements of human trafficking according to UN definition. Yes, they have attempted to recruit and transfer the 33 children to Dominican Republic, by means of abduction according to some people. But, nothing on the fact shows their intent to “exploit children, “which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.”  Though their naivete to do good is criticized by media, their good intention is evidently and literally good enough not to call them human traffickers according to UN definition. Even the prime minister of Haiti has consistently referred them as “kidnappers”, rather than traffickers.
What actually deserves our attention
What deserves our attention is that Haiti does not even have a legislation to prosecute the missionaries to begin with even if they could have shown the missionary’s intent to traffick children to exploit them.  This missionary incident is about Haitian government finally making a nominal attempt to demonstrate that they somewhat care about child trafficking issues. Millions of Haitian children have been subject to human trafficking and domestic servitude by the rich Haitians for a long time. The international organizations fiercely criticized the Haitian political class like the country’s prime minister, Bellerive, for “turning blind eyes to such practice.”  As much as Haiti desperately is relying on the assistance of international organizations and developing nations right now, perhaps the prime minister finally feels that missionaries’ arrest is politically correct thing to do.
What needs our attention even more
What we need to focus on is what is best for the victims and how well our donation and tax dollars support the Haitian children. UNICEF thinks that the children should not be separated from their families, at least for now. It wants to ensure that the children are reunified with their parents if they are separated.  Haitian parents evidently feel otherwise. During the interview with CNN, 19 out of 20 parents in the camp responded that they wanted to give away their children for better lives.  Neither of them has a wrong intent for the children’s well beings. But, who is making sure that the children’s lives in the camps are well protected and nurture? Further, who is going to make sure that the Haitian government follows through on child trafficking issue by implementing and enforcing child trafficking legislation in the immediate future?