Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Organ Removal

The driving force behind the trafficking of human beings for organ removal is the great disparity between the need for organs and the supply of viable organs available for transplant. There is a persistent and increasing demand for organs worldwide. The desperation of those in need of organ transplants creates a lucrative opportunity exploited by trafficking networks.

Traffickers tend to target the most poor and vulnerable in society, which disproportionately tend to be women and children. Recipients of organs generally live in situations dramatically better than those of the victims and provide the funds necessary, often innocently, to finance the activities of the human traffickers