A teacher at a school for orphans and troubled teenagers in Ukraine is accused of plotting to sell a 13-year-old pupil to organ harvesters.
No, I believe that a sting operation caught someone willing to conspire to sell. But I don’t believe that the actual buying, by actual organ traffickers, happens:
The grim and lucrative trade in organ trafficking exploits the world’s most destitute people, earning criminals up to $1.2 billion in illegal profits every year and leading to an estimated 10,000 black-market transplants each year.
Last year, more than a dozen countries, including Britain, signed the first ever international treaty to combat the horrific business, prohibiting the donor or a third party to make money from organ transplants and granting victims the right to compensation.
I do believe that people are paid for organs. Which is, in the current parlance, trafficking. But grabbing some random kid, killing them and extracting the organs? I simply cannot see it actually happening. No, not because people wouldn’t do it if it worked, but because it won’t work because:
Criminals, money, organ transplants, yes, can see all that happening. Kidnapping and murder of random people for it? Nope.