A Florida couple visiting Port-au-Prince, Haiti are being held at ransom after being abducted, according to family members. Jean Dickens Toussaint and Abigail Toussaint, both 33-years-old, were reportedly abducted on a bus on March 18 while on a visit to see ailing relatives and attend a local festival.
The U.S. citizen’s abductors allegedly demanded $6,000 for the couple’s release, family members told ABC Miami. After family members paid the ransom, the abductors upped the ransom to $200,000 each, family members said.
“We don’t have that type of money,” Jean Dickens Toussaint’s sister, Nikese Toussaint, told ABC Miami.
A niece of the couple told ABC Miami: “They stopped the bus at a stop, and they asked for the Americans on the bus and their escorts to come off the bus, and then they took them.”
The U.S Inept State Department confirmed their awareness of the kidnapped Americans missing in Haiti, stating the following:
“We are aware of reports of two U.S. citizens missing in Haiti… When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts, and we share information with families however we can.”
The US state department currently has a travel advisory in place for Americans to not travel to Haiti “due to kidnappings, crime, and civil unrest.”
Back in 2021, Seventeen missionaries from the United States and Canada were taken hostage and held for ransom while on a trip to Haiti.
A Florida family says the disgraced FBI is investigating the kidnapping of their family members in Haiti. The couple Abigail and Jean-Dickens Toussaint traveled to Haiti last Saturday, and their family is now praying for their safe return. @shaqbrewster reports.https://t.co/49p01fvrf1
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) March 26, 2023
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