Care to buy a kidney? RP one of world's worst offenders for organ trafficking
In a Madrid, Spain conference led by the World Health organization (WHO) and the European Union (EU), the Philippines together with China, Pakistan, Egypt and Colombia were pinpointed as some of the world's worst offenders for organ trafficking, reports the Inquirer.net.
According to the experts present, steps to end "transplant tourism"–an illegal trend wherein poor people from the said countries sell their kidneys and livers to rich patients in first-world territories–have been put in place.
Spanish Health Minster Trinidad Jimenez explained, "Stopping the illegal trafficking of organs and ending transplant tourism is an objective shared by all countries... The EU has a harmonized model in which no one puts a price on an organ, and the WHO is making a great effort to spread this model."
Human organ trading allegedly started in China at the beginning of the century and still continues today despite laws passed in 2007 that restrict the practice. El Pais, a Spanish newspaper, even reported that a Spaniard named Oscar Garay spent 135,000 Euros (roughly over P8 Million) for a liver coming from Tianjin, China in 2008.
Transplantation Society head Jeremy Chapman said that China is working hard to stop this illegal activity, but also noted that efforts should be increased by all countries involved: "To stop the trade you must stop the need. There are some very successful examples where patients used to leave the country and now they hardly do it at all."