The Sum of a Human’s Parts: Global Organ Trafficking in the Twenty-First Century

Ranee Khooshie Lal Panjabi


The ancient Indians believed that the gift of life is so great that even the Gods cannot give it back. That truism prevailed until modern technology upstaged ancient wisdom and provided mankind simultaneously with the possibility of a renewed life and the challenge of globalized crime that exploited the gift of life itself. The scientists and surgeons researched and experimented and learned to transplant an array of human organs that brought renewed life and hope to thousands of desperately ill patients across the globe. The criminals turned this altruistic scientific endeavor into a global criminal enterprise that today prevails in almost every country, providing enormous profits and resulting in egregious human rights violations and suffering for numerous men, women and children.

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