Thanks to the alert Salvation Army in London, a case of human trafficking for organ harvesting has been uncovered in the UK as revealed in a report in The Telegraph dated 25th of April 2012.
The victim is believed to be a woman whose nationality has not been disclosed and this is probably the first such instance in the UK – but, there are doubts that there might have been many more which have gone unnoticed.
In the opinion of Major Anne Read, the group’s anti-trafficking response coordinator, this practice might have been in operation for quite some time.
As per the statistics of the WHO, nearly 7000 organs are illegally transplanted every year – most of the organs are kidneys because a person can survive with only one of his kidneys.
Usually, some persons in need of money sell their kidneys, others are forced to part with it while the third category are snared into a trap and do not even know that one of his kidneys has been removed.