Often, impoverished parents or other relatives bring children to orphanages. Meanwhile, an estimated 300,000 Haitian children are believed to be enslaved or working as servants for the country's wealthy elite.
A young monk in Bangkok, Thailand, plays with the pigeons at Sanam Luang on Thursday. Bangkok authorities have closed the parade grounds near the Royal Palace for renovations and plan to capture and relocate the park's piegons.
This weekend's arrest of 10 members of an Idaho-based Baptist charity for trying to take 33 Haitian children across the border with the Dominican Republic without proper paperwork has become an international incident.
The Haiti government, concerned about child trafficking, has stalled adoptions of orphans in the wake of the earthquake.
US kids are launching fundraisers, holding bake sales, and emptying their own piggy banks to help those affected by the Haiti earthquake.
More than $1 billion in aid to Haiti has been pledged so far by governments from Guatemala to Greece. The UN and other groups are increasing food distribution by the day.
The US government has expedited orphan transfers after the earthquake in Haiti. But aid groups worry about trafficking children whose parents or other relatives still may be alive.
Zilda Arns, a legendary Brazilian aid worker who transformed the lives of tens of thousands of her countrymen, was among those killed by the Haiti earthquake, as she sought to extend her church-based program to the troubled island nation.
The International Red Cross estimates as many as three million people may have been left homeless by Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. With daylight, a clearer assessment of the scale the challenge ahead.