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Synopsis: Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) conducted Operation Triple Take in 2014 in Colombia in an unprecedented attempt to rescue sex trafficking victims in three different cities at the exact same time. The operation took months of planning and depended on the three stings taking place simultaneously so one wouldn’t ruin another. It was, and still is, the biggest operation O.U.R. has ever conducted and led to the rescue of 123 victims and the arrest of 12 traffickers. See the days leading up to the operations, watch as the missions unfold in Cartagena, Armenia and Medellian.

Genre

Documentary

Run Time

95 minutes

Directed by

Nick Nanton

Director's Statement

“Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. There are 40.3 million modern-day slaves according to the International Labour Organization and one in four of those slavery victims are children. Human trafficking is the third most profitable business for organized crime, behind drugs and arms and it is the fastest growing form of international crime.

Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) is an organization that fights to end this multibillion-dollar commercial sex industry. The non-profit organization was founded in 2013 and has gathered the worldss experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery.

Despite the overwhelming size and impact of human trafficking, the crime remains something that many people donate want to think about because it is so disturbing.

Our goal with the film, Triple Take, was to present the problem in a way that people would pay attention and be called to take action. We wanted to clearly show the scope and heinous nature of these crimes, without being so vulgar or graphic that people would shut their eyes to the problem.

Operation Triple Take was a unique operation for O.U.R. that involved three rescues carried out at the same time in three different cities in Colombia in 2014. We made our film in 2019 by using hidden camera footage captured during the original operations and adding in background and additional information through new interviews filmed in Colombia and Salt Lake City.

Triple Take was an unprecedented operation carried out by O.U.R. and we aimed to show the size and scope of the operation while making the viewer feel they were watching it all unfold in real time.

With this film, we aimed to open the viewers’ eyes to the epidemic of sex trafficking, but we also wanted viewers to feel hope because people and organizations like O.U.R. are fighting to rescue every child in captivity.

Sex trafficking, particularly of minors, is something so real and tragic that it is difficult to think about. But it’s an incredibly important subject, and it is our hope that this film will lead people to join the movement, whether through Operation Underground Railroad or another organization, and help rescue children from slavery.”

Director's Bio

From the slums of Port au Prince Haiti with special forces raiding a sex trafficking ring and freeing children to the Virgin Galactic Space Port in Mojave with Sir Richard Branson, 11-Time Emmy Award Winning Director/Producer, Nick Nanton, has become known for telling stories that connect. Why? Because he focuses on the most interesting subject in the world: PEOPLE.

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year

2018

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