PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - Ten members of a US Christian group charged with child-trafficking in Haiti could be tried in the United States and will possibly go before a judge later Monday, the Haitian government said. Whether they will have to follow the process here in Haiti or to follow the process in the United States, it is for the judge to decide... based on the law in Haiti, said Culture and Communications Minister Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue. Asked Monday when the suspects would go before a judge, Lassegue told a press conference here, in principle today. Haitian police seized five men and five women with US passports, as well as two Haitians, as they tried late Friday to cross into the neighboring Dominican Republic with 33 children aged between two months and 14 years. The minister suggested the crippling earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12 meant the justice system was not capable of trying the Americans and as such could be transferred to the United States. Lassegue said the question was raised in a meeting earlier Monday between Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and US officials, including the US ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten. As there are a lot of (government buildings) destroyed, we can discuss (the situation) with the United States about whether they will face justice there, Lassegue reported the prime minister as saying. Laura Silsby, head of the Idaho-based group called New Life Childrens Refuge, insisted Sunday that the groups aims were entirely altruistic. We came here literally to just help the children. Our intentions were good, she told AFP from the police detention facility where they are being held near Port-au-Princes international airport. We wanted to help those who lost parents in the quake or were abandoned, she said. The international care center just outside the Haitian capital where the children were taken after being intercepted at the border said, however, that most of the youngsters still have family that survived the earthquake. According to Patricia Vargas, regional director for the SOS Childrens Village, based on conversations with older children of the group, some of them say their parents are alive, and some of them gave us an address and phone numbers. The 7.0-magnitude quake killed 170,000 people, made more than one million homeless and left many children vulnerable in the Americas poorest nation. Haitian officials have warned that child traffickers could take advantage of the post-quake chaos and that legitimate adoption agencies may rush to take orphans before proper checks have been conducted. The United States has urged citizens moved by Haitis earthquake to show patience about adopting, as reports emerge that some children have fallen prey to human traffickers or been misidentified as orphans.