Jamaica’s crime rate is skyrocketing out of control and it is easy to blame the killings on lottery scamming. However, people are starting to wonder if there is something more sinister going on not only in Jamaica but throughout the Caribbean and Africa. Is there a correlation between the Chinese coming to Jamaica in large numbers and the drastic increase in the murder rate? Are Jamaicans being killed for their organs to be shipped back to China for harvesting?
China has been making major investments in the Caribbean and Africa for future returns but there is a feeling that they are getting instant return in the form harvesting the organs of young Blacks to supply a booming organ market back in China. The United Nations has already accused China of killing its prisoners and harvesting their organs.
China has repeatedly denied all accusations of organ harvesting and claimed it would stop using organs from executed prisoners in 2015; however, there is evidence that suggests the practice is ongoing. There are far more organ transplants needed than official organ donors, and the readily available supply of harvested organs is the basis of a massive market.
Official organ donations may come from people who voluntarily choose to donate their organs after death, or people who sell organs such as kidneys. But in June, the China Tribunal an independent organization created to investigate the alleged crimes, found that some prisoners have their organs forcefully harvested—sometimes while they’re still alive. Human rights lawyers estimate 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs since 2001, and members of other religious and ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, and some Christian sects, have suffered the same fate.
The fear is that as China is exposed for how they harvest organs within their own borders, they will look for other ways to continue this practice and the Black countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean will be the main targets.
This week, a senior lawyer from the China Tribunal called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) to investigate and take action. “Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century,” Hamid Sabi, counsel to the China Tribunal, told UNHCR.
The organ harvesting contributes to a $1 billion organ market in China, according to the China Tribunal, which attracts both Chinese nationals and people traveling from overseas. A liver can reportedly be sold for $160,000. The large supply of harvested donor organs in China means that there are far shorter waiting times for patients who need donors. In most countries, the limited supply of organ donations means that patients typically wait months or years for a transplant. In China, patients can get an organ in weeks or even days, and so people travel from overseas to take advantage of the market.
“What can legislators and governments do about this?” asked David Kilgour, former Canadian secretary of state for Asia-Pacific and co-author of a 2016 report on organ harvesting in China, at the UN event. Belgium, Italy, Israel, Norway, Spain, and Taiwan have banned organ tourism, making it illegal for their citizens to travel to China for organ donations; Kilgour suggested other countries should follow suit. “If Americans, Canadians, and others showed more commitment to our own values, the dreadful commerce might end quickly,” he said.