Illegal body harvesting - Big business!
The illegal sale of human body parts.. is big business, and more widespread than anyone had thought.
For the right price- crooked doctors, mafia controlled surgeons, corrupt funeral parlor directors, even failed medical school students, will supply you with the organs or tissues you need – even if they have to steal them.
And business is good. According to reports by U.S. insurance companies & hospitals, the going rate for a lung is $116,400, a kidney $91,400 and a heart $57,000 – making a human body one of the most lucrative thefts around.
Even dead, your body may be worth a fortune in parts. This horrifying revelation comes after the fall of two major international body brokers helped expose a vast international trade in human tissues stolen from corpses.
Organ transplant criminal cases are slowly spreading across the United States. Los Angeles police charged a doctor in a north California Regional Medical Center with giving drugs to a comatose 26-year-old man to hasten his death for a transplant team. The man didn’t die after being taken off a life support machine and police charged the doctor with hurrying his death.
The University of California, a major destination for organs and cadavers donated to science, has become so alarmed by the revelations of grisly body snatching that they are considering inserting super-market style bar codes or radio frequency chips into corpses to make sure they are not nabbed by body snatchers.
Whistle blowers in the United States are few and far between but their efforts to expose this real life horror have not gone unnoticed. In many states, hospital workers see & hear many gruesome tales. The same goes for employee's at abortion clinics where babies body parts are sold on the black market to the highest bidders.
But the new plans come too late to save thousands of bodies cut up and sold in a twisted plot carried out last year in America by disgraced dentist turned tissue salesman, Michael Mastromarino, and funeral home operator, Joseph Nicelli.
Nicelli set up a secret operating room in his Brooklyn, New York funeral parlor where Mastromarino opened up possibly thousands of bodies to get at the valuable tissues – including leg bones, knee caps, ligaments, and heart valves.
Joseph Nicelli was paid $1,000 dollars for each corpse and Michael Mastromarino went on to turn a profit by selling the pieces through his company, Biomedical Tissue Services, for upwards of $7,000 dollars.
Both men were arrested when a NYPD detective stumbled across the secret operating room. By court order, several bodies that had passed through Nicelli’s funeral home have been dug up and analyzed. Even hardened coroners were shocked by the findings.
Where legs should be, X-rays revealed cheap plastic plumbing pipe, hastily bolted to the hips with the skin sewed over to make it look natural during open casket viewings by grieving family members.
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Now horrified doctors who used body parts from Biomedical Tissue Services are worried that dangerous diseases may have been passed on to their transplant patients.
Already reeling from the fallout of the Biomedical Tissue Services scandal, the $12 billion dollar tissues industry took another hit this summer when the Food and Drug Administration ordered the shutdown of Donor Referral Services and the recall of all their harvested tissues citing “serious deficiencies” in how the company screened donors and kept records.
Police say the New Jersey company forged death certificates of harvested corpses changing cause of death, age, and risk factors such as intravenous drug use and diseases. ..
The fall of Donor Referral Services has again brought to light strange and horrifying tales about the players in the human tissues industry.
Before opening Donor Referral Services, company founder Phillip J. Guyett Jr. ran the willed body program at an osteopathic college in California. His career with the college ended abruptly in 1999 when he was arrested for pocketing money from the sale of a cadaver.
When police raided Guyett’s warehouse they found three freezers stuffed with severed human heads and harvested hearts.
In June of 2008 Mastromarino plead guilty, apologized to the families of those whose body parts had been stolen and sold and was sentenced to between 18 and 54 years in prison.
While gruesome, the indictment of the two tissues companies are just the tip of the iceberg in the illegal sale of human body parts. These are small players whose crimes, while disturbing & disgusting, pale in comparison to the gangsters, and even governments, who run the more sinister Black Market in organs stolen before death or just moments after.
In massive population nations such as China and India, body parts are worth much more than the lives of their owners and there have been rumors for years that human organs were being sold.
“We estimate about 6,000 prisoners are executed in China each year,” William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, USA, told reporters. “About 90% of transplanted kidneys come from these executed prisoners.” Could this explain the growing number of people whom have mysteriously been killed in prisons each year?
The sale of prisoner’s body parts is so prevalent in China that executions are tailored to organ transplant needs: a bullet in the head for kidneys, lungs, livers or hearts; a bullet in the chest for corneas.
In recent years China has expanded crimes punishable by death possibly because of the big money that organs sales bring in: foreigners pay $5,000 for corneas, $20,000 for kidneys and $40,000 for livers, $60,000 for hearts, in addition to $40,000 for the transplant operation.
China is taking steps now to ban the sale of human organs following the deaths of several Japanese medical tourists who traveled to China for transplants.
It is estimated at least two million people in China need transplants each year but only up to 20,000 can be conducted because of the lack of organs, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.
Voluntary donations fall far below the level of demand because of Chinese cultural biases against organ removal before burial.
Now, with thanks to whistle blowers and eye witnesses to body parts crimes in the U.S., more and more people are refusing to sign the backs of their drivers license's. This is a growing concern in the United States.
Near New Deli, three leading Indian transplant surgeons, the owner of the Noida Medicare Centre, a hospital famed for transplants, and six others were arrested after Shaukat Ali, amechanic, complained he'd been drugged and robbed of a kidney during a routine medical examination. Two similar accusations had already been filed against the centre including the theft of a kidney belonging to a mentally retarded child.
Indian police said stolen kidneys are being sold for between $6,000 to $10,000. Many Indian doctors make less than $10,000 in a whole year so the temptation to steal organs is high. ..
In Bangalore 80 peasants showed Indian police kidney transplant scars and claimed they were robbed. Police say most actually sold their kidney for $1,000; more than a year's salary for an Indian laborer and are now seeking more money through court cases.
In Russia bodies of the dead are automatically owned by the government and must be turned over immediately to authorities. Horribly gruesome pictures have surfaced showing tables full of stacked nude bodies of men, women and children with long incisions showing they had been harvested for body parts.
Italy, with its close proximity to the once war-torn Bosnia and Albania, used to be a gold mine for black market organs. Before a police sting in 1997, a private clinic in Trieste was making millions selling the organs of murdered Bosnian prisoners of war.
Latin America has long been a hotbed for the organ theft trade.
In El Salvador it is rumored that a whole child can be bought for $16,000 and harvested for organs. Corneas can be bought for just $6,000 in the alleys of Honduras. In Guatemala City stripping tissues from the deceased is one of the perks of being an undertaker. And in Colombia, where every body may be harvested for organs unless the family files special objections, organ theft is not even illegal.
Israel now shares a monstrous distinction with China. It illegally harvests organs from the dead, and thousands that they take away never to be seen gain.
The former head of Israel’s Abu Kabir forensic institute has admitted the ghoulish practice, according to a reported published by The New Zealand Herald. Abu Kabir’s forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, primarily Palestinians, without the permission of their families.
Journalist Donald Bostrom wrote in the article that Palestinians “harbor strong suspicions against Israel for seizing young men and having them serve as the country’s organ reserve – a very serious accusation, with enough question marks to motivate the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to start an investigation about possible war crimes.”
The former head of Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr Jehuda Hiss, was interviewed in 2000 because of the report in Aftonbladet and the denials of the Israeli government.
“We started to harvest corneas,” Hiss told the academic. “Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family.”
“We’d glue the eyelid shut,” Hiss added. “We wouldn’t take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids.”
Hiss also said skin was taken from the backs of dead Palestinians and the families of the dead never discovered the theft because they did not examine the bodies before burial.
In most cases, to harvest an organ takes two transplant coordinators, two surgeons, a nursing team and an anesthesiologist. That is, if the procedure is done "legally".
But the real tragedy in such cases may not be the dozens of people killed each week to service the human body parts black market, but the thousands dying worldwide because the Black Market of organ harvesting is to date Unregulated by the federal government of the United States.
Why is the government allowing potential donors to be frightened away and giving the free & supervised vital legal organ trade a bad name?
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