Exposing the Red Market of Human Organ Trafficking
Organ trafficking is a type of dealing where organs of a poor person are sold to a wealthier buyer for the cause of implantation. Most of these dealings happen in the black market through traffickers who are willing to harvest a person’s body in order to make some top dollars. Each year billion dollars’ worth of human organs are trafficked to different countries for the intent of transplantation.
Organ Trafficking: Why Does It Occur?
Each year, more than 140,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Daily hundreds of new patients are inducted in the waiting list. A new inductee has to wait for an average of three and a half years before he/she gets his/her turn for an organ transplant. Every day more than 25 people die due to shortage of available organs. In spite of all this, in almost all the countries around the world (except for Iran) buying and selling an organ is illegal and a punishable crime. Therefore, there is a HUGE demand for organs in the black market where a price of the organ varies from $300,000 to as low as $1,000.
Why Is Organ Trading illegal?
Legalizing organ trade has been a huge point of discussion in the past. It hasn’t been done until yet because if organ trading were made legal then it would promote Killing and kidnapping of people for selling their organs. This would also increase the risk of selling contaminated organs that can adversely affect the patients’ health. In such circumstances poor people are duped by the traffickers to sell their organs for cheap and these organs are later re-sold by the traffickers in the western market for a 10 times higher price. And the greed for the money that comes through selling an organ has also led to certain extraordinary cases such as recently it was in news that 2 Chinese people were willing to sell their kidneys to buy an iPhone!
Victims of Organ Trafficking
Victims of organ trafficking are poor people, innocent people that are kidnapped by the traffickers and patients that are seeking treatment from a doctor only to find out that they have been duped by him for their organs. Though organ trafficking prevails in almost all countries of the world, but most of the victims come from the poor countries of Asia (India, Pakistan) and Europe (Moldova, Ukraine). Poverty-stricken people from these countries are lured by the traffickers to donate their organs to well-off patients from western and Arabian countries. Generally an organ donor from a developing country gets around $5000 dollars, this money is sufficient enough for him to feed his family.