The Grim Reality of Human Organ Trafficking

The urban legend goes something like this: you go out with a cute stranger, you get wasted, and you pass out. When you awaken, you discover yourself in an ice-filled bathtub with a note instructing you to get immediate medical attention. Although this narrative is purely fictional, the reality of organ trafficking is just as evil.

The Dark Truth About Organ Trafficking

Professor of medical anthropology Nancy Scheper-Hughes of the University of California, Berkeley says that the reality of organ trafficking is horrible and shows global inequalities. She is the director of Organs Watch, a group that keeps an eye on organ trafficking worldwide. She has studied this topic for more than ten years and provides advice on organ transplantation to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A Global Issue

It is true that there is organ trafficking in several nations, including Brazil, South Africa, China, India, and Indonesia. The strong need for organ transplants, particularly kidney transplants, is the primary driver of this trade. There are currently 123,000 men, women, and children waiting to be organ donors, and 25 individuals pass away every day on average while they wait to receive an organ.

The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed in 2010 that 11,000 human organs were sold illegally. In other words, an organ is sold every single hour of the day. Organs are removed from the impoverished in underdeveloped nations and sold to wealthier receivers in nations including the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Israel, and Canada as a result of this high demand, which creates a sad cycle.

The Human Cost

Victims of organ trafficking are often the most helpless. Organ traffickers frequently trick or threaten victims into donating their organs. The majority of these surgeries are performed in dangerous settings, which puts the donors’ health at risk or. Desperate for a transplant, the patients might not be aware of the organs’ dubious origins.

Fighting Organ Trafficking

Addressing organ trafficking requires efforts from governments, international organizations, and communities. We need stronger laws and enforcement to stop this illegal trade. Public awareness campaigns can educate people about the risks and ethical issues. Improving legal organ donation systems can also help reduce the demand for trafficked organs.

Fiction Reflecting Reality

David Host’s novel “Harvest Town” offers a fictional take on this grim reality. In the quiet town of Norton, Washington, people and pets start disappearing. A group of ex-marines investigates and discovers a sinister organization harvesting human organs for the black market. The story highlights the ruthless nature of organ traffickers and the devastating impact on innocent lives. “Harvest Town” is available on Amazon for those interested in a suspenseful tale inspired by real-world issues.


Human organ trafficking is a severe violation of human rights. It preys on the desperation of the poor and exploits the medical needs of the sick. Tackling this global crisis requires a united effort to protect vulnerable individuals and ensure that organ transplants are conducted ethically and legally.