Human organ trafficking is big business. It is so big than many governmental officials and police forces around the globe turn a blind eye to the illicit trade.
Some officials take an active role in the trade earning them a lucrative bonus. Many of the organs come from people whom have died of various causes and the organs removed for wealthy clients. This also presents a new health hazard for the recipient of the organ.
Some organs are stolen whilst the person is drugged, whilst other people are smuggled into countries on the pretext of employment opportunities, just to be killed in order for their organs to be harvested.
Buying a kidney, heart or even lungs on the black market has become every day occurrence.
New Orleans Kidney Harvesting
1997 the illicit trade in stolen kidneys came to light after several incidences in New Orleans.
Businessmen or lone men in bars were approached by a lone attractive female. After a few drinks they would go to her room in the local hotel, with the man expecting sexual gratification.
They would have a drink in the room and within minutes the man would pass out. The woman had drugged the mans drink.
Hours later, the man would wake up in the bathtub filled with iced water. Next to him would be a telephone and a note which simply stated:
"DO NOT MOVE, Call 911, Your kidneys have been harvested."
This is a crime which later emerged to of been carried out in nearly every major city in America. The gangs would use attractive women, usually a foreign national, to lure the men to their hotel rooms.
Once the man was unconscious from the drugs placed in the drink, she would let the rest of the gang into the room. One of the gang would be a qualified surgeon who would perform a perfect kidney removal operation.
Sometimes the gang would harvest only one kidney, sometimes both, depending on either greed or their shopping list.
The operations were perfect and left no infections, the incisions were intricate and neat, and no internal bleeding was ever discovered in any of the victims. The police knew of this crime and became accustomed to the emergency calls.
Killing To Order
Unscrupulous doctors in many countries offer their services free for the homeless and destitute.
During the course of the patients treatments, the doctors obtain certain information on the patient such as blood group, bone marrow type, and other facts to the medical condition and conditions of the person. This information is stored away on personal computers until required.
If at any stage a wealthy client needs a kidney, heart, lung, bone marrow transplant or any other transplant, matches from the doctors computer may be found.
Once the unsuspecting donor has been located from the computer files, they are either abducted or are involved in an unfortunate accident.
The 'left over' bits of the body are never discovered. They are either incinerated of buried in the wild where no one will find them.
Personal Selling Of Organs
Many 'donors' sell their own kidneys for financial gain.
Destitute individuals will readily sell one of their kidneys and maybe even a lung for cash. This is a common practice throughout the world. Everything has its' price and even blood is sold by the pint rather than donated.
Criminal organisations from around the globe are involved in this lucrative trade, as well as the legitimate medical organisation. A kidney 'donor' may sell their kidney for between $5,000 and $20,000.
The recipient will be paying up to $650,000 for the kidney to be transplanted into them. But if you have the money, you will pay anything to live longer or to have your child cured.
Not many people are told exactly where the organs come from, or are simply told a lie.
Live Organ Trafficking
This type of organ trafficking has become very common. A person in a third world country is found to be a match for a heart transplant patient in another country.
The unsuspecting donor is informed that there is employment waiting for them in America. They will be given travel documents and letters of intent for work, an address, and some money for travel.
Once they have arrived on American shores, they are whisked away and never seen or heard from again.
Just another helpless victim in the underground trade of human organs.
Many black market 'doctors' learn their trade through the internet and just from reading books. Practicing their operations on animals before trying to operate on the more expensive human commodity.
The Philippines banned organ trading in March 2008. China allows organs such as kidneys, corneas, lung and liver to be taken from executed prisoners.
There is a ban on organ trading in China, but there are no regulations regarding the executed prisoners if they have signed a consent form. It is estimated that 90% of China's donated organs come from dead prisoners.
Iran allows the selling of kidneys for profit and currently has no waiting list for kidney transplants. Donors in Iran receive an average $12,000 per kidney and occasionally employment after the operation. Is this the way the world should be? If all countries allowed the sale of a persons organs, would the list for kidney transplants be dramatically reduced?
Prior to 1994, India was the leading country in the legal organ transplants trade. India thriving kidneys for sale business soon became marred with stories of patients losing a kidney on the operating table when they had only gone in for minor surgery on another part of their body.
Other donors were paid less than what was agreed and many patients were misdiagnosed as having kidney problems just so the surgeon could harvest the kidney to sell on the black market.