Australian Channel 7's Sunday Night program in Australia reported on an undercover sting by agents who have been planning a dangerous rescue operation for more than a year.
Thirty child sex slaves in Haiti were rescued in the dangerous and elaborate sting that took place on a luxury yacht in the Caribbean. On-board the yacht, a group of men waited for their party guests to arrive: these so-called guests are girls as young as 10-years-old who have been sold to the group for the evening by human traffickers.
Channel 7's Sunday Night program reported on the undercover operation and the highly anticipated "party" to be held on the yacht. Unbeknown to the girls, there is no party, because the men on-board who are posing as pedophiles from Australia and the United States are actually undercover agents.
Reporter Matt Doran joined the team from global child rescue agency Operation Underground Railroad together with Australian undercover agents Pete (a father and highly-qualified paramedic) and Vivian (a mother-of-two and former detective) as the well-planned sting took place. Vivian's part in the operation was to look after the girls as a "groomer," but Pete's role was a lot more confronting.
"Part of it is a disgusting part and that's being one of the pedophiles, and I'm there to party, be one of the party goers and actually pretend that I want to have sex with one of these girls."
Vivian's role was to care for the children once the traffickers had delivered them to the beach resort where the sting was set to take place. She was focused on keeping the girls calm and safe while the sting played out, and before the police moved in.
"What goes through my head is the whole mother instinct; wanting to nurture them, give them a hug and say, 'It's going to be OK.' What's gut wrenching is I actually don't know if it's going to be OK."
"You start to think, 'OK, what if this was my child? How would I be? What would I feel?' And it pulls you apart. There's a temptation for us at times, in our bubble in Australia, to dismiss this as someone else's problem. We're different cultures, different races, different countries, but we are all human beings."