For millions of patients, organ transplantation is a life-saving procedure and one of the greatest achievements of contemporary medicine. The global organ trafficking industry in China uses the destitute, oppressed and prisoners as a source of organs for wealthy transplant tourists, has been fueled by a limited supply of donor organs and a high demand for transplants.
To meet the demand from the western countries for a compatible donors where the patients has to wait for years, China has been engaged in industrial-scale harvesting and trafficking organs from political prisoners. There have been instances in Tibet as well as Uyighur areas where it is being done to meet the demands.
Introspection of this entire dark business prompts a number of significant queries. Like how can the hospital pair any patient with a potential “ dead” donor weeks in advance when cardiac transplants can only be obtained from deceased donors? How was this donor discovered by the hospital? How do they anticipate the death of the donor? Has the donor given permission for the removal of their organs? There is no answer to these questions.
These queries have extremely upsetting responses. To match organ donors with recipients, China employs its prison population of political prisoners. These individuals—referred to as “ donors” —are executed, their organs are removed without their will, and they are then exploited in a thriving and lucrative transplant.
Regrettably, using unethical medical procedures on vulnerable communities like Tibetans and Uyighurs is nothing new. In concentration camps, they are subjected to horrifying experiments. “ Sluggish Schizophrenia” is a common diagnosis that is given to these prisoners to deny them of their rights.
Concentration camps serve as the donors in this transplant trade and end users (recipients) are mostly from rich countries. Rich countries also need to exercise caution while colloborating with donors from China.