China’s organ transplant industry has emerged as a thriving enterprise in the world’s most populous nation. Initially, the government claimed that organs were sourced from prisoners on death row or willing donors. However, revelations in 2006 shed light on a darker reality: innocent individuals, including prisoners of conscience, are being unlawfully detained and killed for their organs in clandestine facilities across the country.

This disturbing practice has made China the sole nation where a state-run industrial program systematically executes individuals and sells their organs for profit.

The evidence of these atrocities was first brought to public attention by David Kilgour and David Matas in July 2006, leading to their co-authored book “Bloody Harvest.” Journalist Ethan Gutmann later corroborated these findings in his book “The Slaughter” in 2014. All three were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Following these revelations, hearings were held in the US Congress, the British Parliament, the European Parliament, and the Canadian Parliament. Yet, determining the exact scale of the organ transplant industry remains challenging. Even conservative estimates suggest that the government’s claim of 10,000 annual transplants is vastly understated.

Investigations revealed that over 1,000 hospitals sought permits for transplant procedures from the Ministry of Health in 2007 alone. It’s estimated that close to 100,000 transplants occur annually, marking a staggering increase over just six years. Organ transplantation has become a central focus of China’s national strategy, with the industry generating billions of dollars in revenue each year.

Of particular concern is the on-demand nature of organ transplants in China, unlike anywhere else in the world. While patients in other countries may wait years for a suitable donor, in China, the wait is often a matter of weeks. The China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center (CITNAC) even openly advertises transplant prices for foreigners on its website, boasting about the availability of organs from living sources, a practice uncommon in other nations.

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