Killing People for their Organs

In 2006, China was reported to be using its extensive pool of Falun Gong political prisoners as a supply for body
parts to be used in transplants. The allegations and supporting testimony were raised in several countries and seen
as deeply disturbing. Reports[3][4][5][6] and testimony found that such prisoners were routinely assessed for
transplants and apparent tissue typing, in a manner with no relevance to ordinary patient wellbeing, and that many
were subsequently executed to meet demand for matching organs. Data on availability and speed of transplants
within China (under 2 – 3 weeks in some cases compared to years elsewhere) led several renowned doctors to state
that the statistics and transplant rates seen would be impossible without access to a very large pool of pre-existing
donors already available on very short notice for hearts and other organs; several governments also established
restrictions intended to target such a practice.[7] China denied such practices.

Historically, anatomy murders took place during the earlier parts of modern Western medicine. In the 19th century,
the human body was still poorly understood, but fresh cadavers for dissection and anatomical study were sometimes
difficult to obtain. Mortuaries remained the most common source, but in some cases, such as the notorious Irish
murderers Burke and Hare, victims were killed instead and the killers then sold the bodies for study. The practice
has intermittently been reported since that time; in 1992 Colombian activist Juan Pablo Ordoñez, claimed that 14
poor residents of the town of Barranquilla had been killed for local medical study[8] with a purported account by an
alleged escapee being publicized by the international press.