Organ Harvesting and Human Trafficking of Organs in the UK

Illegal trading of body parts is still happening in the UK today, as a result of growing demands in patients needing organ transplants.

According to the NHS website: “Currently there are over 6,500 people on the UK national transplant waiting list.”

The increase is has caused many people to remain on waiting lists for years. Some are unsuccessful at finding a match or donor, therefore as a result get even iller or in more extreme case die.


Dr Helen Collins, Kidney specialist at the NHS said: “Transplants are aimed to help and increase someone’s life span or help to sustain a healthier way of life.”

Some people turn to illegal sources as they become desperate and would stop nothing to prolong their life, even if it’s illegal.

The black market is an area where illegal substances and goods are sold, they do not pay taxes and is highly against the law. Some of the items that are sold are drugs, firearms, and organs.

The most common organs that are needed and purchased are kidneys, eyes, lungs and livers.

Dr. Collins, also agreed she said: “kidneys are the most common organ that is needed or donated by a living person – a healthy person can lead a normal life with just one kidney.”

The organs that are illegally sold one the black market are from individuals that are tricked into giving up or donating body parts for nothing. Some people expect that if they donate a body part they will make easy cash.

In an official report in 2015, it revealed the length which human trafficker gangs will go. Many of the national papers covered what happened.

The Daily Mail said: “Two people – one a boy as young as 12 – have been smuggled into Britain to have their organs removed and sold on the black market.” They added further on: “They are thought to have started their journey in Africa or Asia and to have been rescued by British police or immigration officials who suspected they were being trafficked.”

Modern Slavery is still happening and is still a growing concern in the UK and on a Global level too.

Contact The Salvation Army UK on 020 7367 4500 for support or contact your local GP if you want more help or details.


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