An increasing demand for, and universal shortage of organs
has resulted in a thriving underground market for organs,
known as The Red Market.
ORGAN TRADE / ORGAN TRAFFICKING:
the transport and illegal transplant of organ(s) for financial gain
(donor may have consented to the organ removal and may have received payment / medical care).
HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ORGAN REMOVAL / HARVEST:
the exercise of control over a person in order to illegitimately remove, transport and/or sell organs from their body, for the purpose of transplantation or scientific experimentation.
There are 3 organ trade categories:
1. victims are forced or deceived into giving up an organ;
2. persons formally or informally agree to sell an organ as a means of relieving themselves and their family from financial burdens,
yet are not paid or are paid less than the promised price; and
3. while being treated for an ailment (which may or may not exist),
organs are removed without the victim’s knowledge or consent.