Children's Organs Sold by U.S. Allies

Children's Organs Sold by U.S. Allies

President Trump is stressing our close ties to Turkey, but Turkey has some dirty secrets that we may not want to be associated with; secrets like the most popular product on their black market. Turkey’s organ market is growing by leaps and bounds according to a prominent local journalist, Yashar Idan. The writer claims that ISIS and various other criminal organizations are sourcing organs from children specifically — typically those who are orphaned or otherwise don’t have parental oversight.
Idan also claims that Turkey’s most famous refugee camp, Nizap, has become a hotbed for organ sourcing operations. He claims that several harbor corpses with garish cuts and staples from previous organ removals, and that many of the individuals donating organs are first assaulted sexually or physically by soldiers.
International human rights organization Amnesty International is also involved with the crisis, and claims that Turkey is “no longer a safe place” for refugees.
Turkey is host to the world’s largest number of safe harbor citizens — a record-breaking 2. 7 million of them — and has experienced problems like this before. Evidence for an international organ smuggling ring between Israel, Syria, Turkey and several other countries dates back approximately six to eight years. All three countries have a booming sex trafficking market that often relies on orphans and/or children sold by parents who can no longer afford to care for them.
Turkey’s current organ trafficking crisis is a problem of consequence: refugee camps with as many as 140,000 people and often very little oversight are easy picking for criminals. Furthermore, criminals sometimes disguise themselves as refugees in an effort to gain access to the camps without suspicion.
There are at least a handful of instances where Turkish camp workers gained access to and sexually assaulted children staying in the camps almost freely for several months at a time with little to no recourse.
While surgically removing organs would be somewhat more difficult to hide, corruption in humanitarian staff does happen. Some workers are opportunistic, and simply take advantage of the situation, while others may be working directly for ISIS and other rebel organizations.
The problem lies in the fact that the black market for both sexual access and organs thrives in areas with very little oversight and extreme economic challenges. Refugees are placed into camps where they are sometimes forced to go without necessities like food, water, medication, clothing, blankets, and just about everything else one requires to survive. The hardship creates a situation of dependency and desperation that places refugees into survival mode. Parents, and sometimes orphaned children, are forced to choose between death and what criminals often make out to be a “temporary inconvenience.”
The truth is much different; often, children who are sexually assaulted or have an organ removed go on to struggle with severe infections, complications, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and a lowered ability to fight off illness. In an environment like a camp, where infectious diseases spread like wildfire, that can be fatal.
But not every organ is sourced by criminals; some parents seek out these criminals and offer up child organs in an effort to gain enough money to come to the United States or Canada legally. For these individuals, the risk of death is less of a risk than staying in camps.
So just how much money is an organ worth, and just how much are terrorist organizations like Daesh and ISIS profiting? The numbers are staggering. In 2014, one Israeli organ trafficker was arrested and charged for selling kidneys for an exorbitant $120,000 each. Surprisingly, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum wasn’t reselling the organs locally — he was selling them to three citizens in the United States.
Fixing the problem isn’t easy; terrorist organizations have criminal partnerships all over the globe. America, Canada, Britain, China, and even Australia have all had links to organ trafficking at various points in the past. With the world in crisis and more people desperate and struggling than ever, and many countries allowing criminals to seek safe harbor with little to no oversight into who they are, it is now easier than ever for traffickers to disappear quickly when needed. Until we come up with a solution, children all over the world (but particularly in the Middle East) will continue to suffer heinous, evil crimes.
K.Foust, Editor: If Turkey is selling children’s organs on the black market, is this something we really want to be associated with? The U.S. has enough problems with its reputation at this point. We don’t need to add to them with guilt by association. Perhaps President Trump is unaware of this issue and that’s why he is cited on CNN as pushing our close ties to Turkey? What do you think?