The family of an American couple visiting Haiti pleads for their release after they were kidnapped from a bus almost a week ago. Jean-Dickens Toussaint and Abigail Toussaint, of Tamarac, Florida, were in Haiti to visit ailing relatives and attend a community festival when they were taken on Saturday while traveling on a bus from Port-au-Prince.
A family friend who met the couple at the airport to escort them was also kidnapped.
The kidnappers initially demanded $6,000 for the couple’s release. Once the family sent $6000, the price went up, and the kidnappers demanded $200,000 per person for their release.
The family has contacted the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for help.
The State Department advises Americans not to travel to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, and civil unrest.