Apparently last month’s convicted organ traders were up to more than your average human offal hawking. According to recent reports, they’d been smuggling kidneys disguised as seafood from Nanchang to Guangzhou.
The organs were reportedly packed in a refrigerated container to be flown to Guangdong. One of the gang, Mo Yongqing, cockily claimed that he always told airport security it was frozen seafood, which worked every time. Looks like Mo bit off more than he can chew, however, as he and 11 others have been sentenced to at least two years behind bars
The organ donors themselves entailed a diverse group, ranging from a 21-year-old from Anhui Province who wanted to show he could earn money on his own to a 27-ear-old who needed to pay gambling debts. We wonder if any of the patients accepted an iPad 2 as compensation?
Donors were allegedly blindfolded and taken to Nanchang Huazhong Hospital, which the gang had paid 35,000 yuan to rent rooms for operations. Unfortunately, they didn’t always pay the donors the full amount.
Organ smuggling rings reportedly rampant in China, where demand for organs still greatly outweighs supply. Roughly 10,000 people on a 1.5 million-person waiting list receive transplants each year.
Hopefully this will change with the development of organ printing technology.
[Image via liveseafood.com]