Americans Buying Organs of Executed Chinese


It’s been widely rumoured for years, but now the Chinese government has admitted it: the organs of executed criminals are sold to people needing transplants, many of whom are Americans looking for cut-rate body parts. In fact, dead prisoners are the country’s top source of harvested organs, second only to car-crash victims. At least 1,700 people were put to death last year in the People’s Republic, and thousands of kidneys, livers and hearts were transplanted. Guess they’ve topped the US in both capital punishment and capitalist innovation.

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