Brisbane (Australia), Oct 4: In disturbing scenes, four sisters were deported to Italy by Australian Federal Police officers, following a court order, even as the girls kicked and screamed saying "let me go, I want my mom".
Passengers at Brisbane international airport watched aghast as the police officers dragged all the four girls to the passenger lounge.
The two eldest girls left Brisbane for Italy on Wednesday night, hours after their younger sisters were sent home.
The pilot of the first plane scheduled to take all four sisters home refused to accept the two older girls because of their behaviour.
‘Let me go, I want my mum, I want my mum,' one of the younger girls – they cannot be identified because they are minors – cried as federal officers held onto her arms.
The sisters, aged between nine and 15, were ordered by a judge in Australia to be returned to their father in Italy, despite the children's wishes to stay in Queensland with their mother.
The girls' mother, who was married to an Italian, had taken them to Australia from Italy for a holiday two years ago – and then kept them in the country.