quinta-feira, 11 de agosto de 2016

"Why Organ Harvesting in China is the New Holocaust"

In June, many Americans heard the words “organ harvesting” mentioned on the news for the very first time in reference to China’s state-run forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.

While other types of organ transplant abuse are egregious, they are not truly comparable to this: leaders of the world’s most populous country mass-murdering its own citizens due to their ethnic, religious or political views—and then profiting from that murder.

The recent spate of media reports have drawn comments from casual readers comparing China’s organ harvesting to other incidents they’ve heard of in the past. The sentiment that “this is nothing new” is often seen in the comments sections.

Blasé as those remarks are, they are understandable—China’s organ harvesting bears similarities to countless cases of medical exploitation. In each story, there is an economic incentive, a person of vulnerable status, and a ruthless mastermind.

Taken as a whole, however, the phenomenon of Chinese organ harvesting surpasses any other horror we have seen in the modern day—especially in the information age, where it’s easy to presume that news of any considerable event would surely be at our fingertips.

To better understand the distinction, we begin by exploring organ trafficking broadly.
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