“Police in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children to harvest their organs, an official said Monday.”
“Manuel Plancarte Gaspar was part of the cartel’s organ-trafficking ring. The ring would kidnap children and take them to rented homes with medical equipment where their organs were removed…”
Human trafficking is about more than just sex and labor. Evil has a way of snowballing, which is why illegal organ traders realize that child trafficking is a way of meeting the demand for human tissues that are purchased for medical and biomedical research purposes. This is also why I expressed concerned about a recent proposal in the Wall Street Journal about allowing an open market for kidney trading in the United States (2). My response is summarized as follows.
Two economists propose a plan in the Wall Street Journal about opening a legal market for paid kidney donors in America. This article discusses the caveats for creating an open market for legal kidney trading. Informed consent is no match for coercion and exploitation. The poorest of the poor in developing nations become and must cover collateral costs. [The full response can be accessed here(3).]
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Mexican Drug Cartel Sell Organs From Kidnapped Children was originally published @ Cancer inCYTES Blog and has been syndicated with permission.
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