The ‘Living Dead’: Prisoners Executed for Their Organs then Sold to Foreigners for Transplants

June 5, 2017

(News.com.au) – Researchers say China is home to the most rampant illegal organ trade in the world and is the number one destination for ‘transplant tourism’. The practice sees desperate people — from countries where waiting lists are longer than their life expectancy or costs are exorbitant — travel overseas to buy an organ and have lifesaving surgery. But there’s a major catch: Researchers say the donor organs are often sourced illegally from prisoners executed for their religious, political or cultural beliefs, who have not consented to any of it. Many of China’s prisoners have testified to having been subjected to medical testing consistent with organ transplant screening but without explanation while behind bars.

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