By: Mark Leon Goldberg on June 23, 2008 CNN reports on horrific crimes against children in the restive, gang controlled slums of Port-au-Prince In Haiti, UNICEF and local officials report that kidnapped children are being raped, tortured and murdered. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti has been working with the national police force to try to halt such crimes. They suspect that criminal gangs are responsible. The agency reports that as many as 2,000 children a year are trafficked to the Dominican Republic, often with their parents’ support. And about 1,000 children are working as spies, messengers or soldiers for armed gangs in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Earlier in the month, a demonstration was held in Haiti’s capital after a 16-year-old hostage was murdered and other hostages had been raped and lynched, including infants, UNICEF said. Just awful. Read UNICEF’s statement on the continued abduction, rape and torture of children around the world.