There's been many reports people who'd spoken to foreigners that had been arrested, imprisoned, or disappeared. So we knew we had to approach this very, very cautiously.
To most people, the idea of selling your child is unthinkable. How is it that the trafficker in the film can go about his business without feeling any remorse?
Many people have asked me, "Why would the trafficker talk to you?" And it's very simple. He feels he's doing nothing wrong. In his eyes, there is a young couple who've had a child, who face a fine if they keep that child. They can't afford that. There's another couple in another province who can't have a child, and who have family pressures to have a child. And so therefore, he facilitates. He puts one desperate couple in touch with another desperate couple. So, in his eyes, there's nothing wrong with that. In his eyes, he's just an adoption agency.
My experience in China is that there is a culture there that encourages people to do well in life. And because of the pressures with wanting to grow so quickly, you see a breakdown in Chinese society where people are desperate to get this wealth. And they'll go about it any way they can. So, once you've sold your pig, once you've sold your chicken, what else have you got left? Well, why not your kid? He's worth quite a lot. That means you can move forward in life. And, in fact, the trafficker in the film actually has sold his son. He sold his youngest son because he knew if he sold his oldest son he would know how to get back home. When I heard that I thought, "Wow, that's something else. That's truly something else."