The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has advised the public against the activities of Human Organ Harvesters in Ghana. The general public has been asked to be cautious of their movement since such human organ harvesting criminals are operating and taking advantage of unsuspecting people.
Intelligence available to the police shows that some persons in Ghana are operating as human organ harvesters and are using gifts to lure unsuspecting people away to harvest their organs.
Ghana Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of Ghana Police has disclosed that those who engage in the criminal act make up to $500,000 from illegally harvested human body parts depending on the organ.
Chief Superintendent Mike Baah, head of the Unit, made this public during a day capacity building workshop organized in the Central Region.
The event was organized by the Ministry for Children, Gender and Social protection and partners for security officials.
The 3-day event brought law enforcement officers across the country together under the theme Combating Human Trafficking and Irregular Migration in Ghana.
Human Organ Harvesters in Ghana, mouthwatering jobs, and travel agents
According to Chief Superintendent Mike Baah, the human organ harvesters are currently operating a syndicate. They offer high-paying jobs to their targets and take them to foreign lands where the act is carried out with the help of their accomplices in such countries.
To ensure the public is safe, he advised that they should look out for such mouthwatering jobs. He furthered that some of the acts are also undertaken by close family members and associates.
Global Data and Information on Human Organ Harvesting
The United Nations has indicated it is worry over the illegal harvesting of human organs globally as the practice continues to surge.
The BBC in 2020 carried a story that indicated six Chines doctors have been jailed for illegally harvesting organs from accident victims. Between 2017 and 2018 they removed the livers and kidneys from 11 people at a hospital in Anhui province. The BBC report indicated.
On June 14th, 2021, the UN published the statement below:
“GENEVA (14 June 2021) – UN human rights experts* said today they were extremely alarmed by reports of alleged ‘organ harvesting’ targeting minorities, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, and Christians, in detention in China.”
The experts said they have received credible information that detainees from ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities may be forcibly subjected to blood tests and organ examinations such as ultrasound and x-rays, without their informed consent; while other prisoners are not required to undergo such examinations. The results of the examinations are reportedly registered in a database of living organ sources that facilitates organ allocation.
“Forced organ harvesting in China appears to be targeting specific ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities held in detention, often without being explained the reasons for arrest or given arrest warrants, at different locations,” they said. “We are deeply concerned by reports of discriminatory treatment of the prisoners or detainees based on their ethnicity and religion or belief.
“According to the allegations received, the most common organs removed from the prisoners are reportedly hearts, kidneys, livers, corneas, and, less commonly, parts of livers. This form of trafficking with a medical nature allegedly involves health sector professionals, including surgeons, anesthetists and other medical specialists.”
UN human rights experts have previously raised the issue with the Chinese Government in 2006 and 2007. Unfortunately, the Government responses lacked data such as waiting times for organ allocation, or information on the sources of organs. In this context, the lack of available data and information-sharing systems are obstacles to the successful identification and protection of victims of trafficking and effective investigation and prosecution of traffickers.
Another UN Human Rights mechanism has also highlighted concerns about the practice of removing organs from prisoners of a certain religious minority.
“Despite the gradual development of a voluntary organ donation system, information continues to emerge regarding serious human rights violations in the procurement of organs for transplants in China,” the UN experts said.
Concern remains at the lack of independent oversight as to whether the consent to donation and organ allocation is effectively given by prisoners or detainees. It is also reported that families of deceased detainees and prisoners are prevented from claiming their bodies, they said.
The experts call on China to promptly respond to the allegations of ‘organ harvesting’ and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms.
The Special Procedures mandate-holders have been in contact with China to strengthen dialogue. They would like to continue this constructive engagement with the Government of China.
Our research at Ghana24.org indicates the average value of illegally harvested human organs are as follows.
Eye- Corneas cost a minimum of $30,000
Lungs cost a minimum of $150,000
Heart cost a minimum of $130,000
Liver cost a minimum of $98,000
Kidneys cost a minimum of $62,000
These and other parts can be obtained from one person. Be alert and do not fall victim.
The quest of Ghanaians and the youth, in particular, to seek greener pastures through the services of travel agents needs to be reconsidered, especially in instances where the youth are promised high-paying jobs elsewhere. You may be trapping your life and selling it out.
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