For the last few years, illegal trade in human is on rise in the Middle Eastern countries. This trade appears to be flourishing in countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. According to media reports, organ brokers are increasingly approaching migrants with the offer of a passage to Europe in exchange for donating an organ, like reported by weeklyblitz.net.
The irony is that the trade is being driven by the broad European Union policy to “externalize borders” by increasing the capacity of African states, such as Libya, Egypt and Sudan to manage migration, given a boost by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. An organized network of human organ dealers are luring people in migrating to European nations by crossing the Mediterranean only once the victim agrees to ‘donate’ his/her kidney. Each of the kidney is priced at US$5,000, which is considered as transfer fees for each of the aspirant migrant.
According to reports, these collected human organs are sold at a price ranging between US$ 150,000~200,000. Meanwhile, it is also learnt that many of the aspirant migrants are murdered by the members of the human organ trafficking network, while all of their body organs are sold to a third party that works on behalf of the possible patient of human organ bank. Newspaper reports claim, currently cost of a human heart ranges between US$110,000~150,000 while the cost of a liver is US$130,000~140,000. Particularly the demand for human organs is on rise in the wealthy Middle Eastern countries.
Meanwhile, taking advantage of such cash making venture, a number of militancy groups such as Islamic State, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Shabab, and Boko Haram have already taken lead role in the human organ selling activities. It is also learnt that Afghan Taliban and several militancy groups inside Pakistan and India have also joined the international racket of human organ trafficking.
Recently international rights groups, including the United Nations have issued warnings stating, several foreign agencies are luring people with high-paying jobs in the Middle Eastern and European nations with the nefarious target of turning them into human organ commodity. It said, once anyone agrees to donate any of the parts of his/her body, those human organ trading rackets are arranging visa and airline tickets for the victims and on the way to destination, either kidney of the victims is taken by the rackets or even in some cases, the rackets collect most of the valuable parts of the victims, thus pushing them to death. Once the victim dies, their bodies or skeletons also are handed-over to the agents of prospective buyers.