Is Squid Game REAL? Inside China's HORRIFIC 'kill to order' organ-trafficking trade

Human rights groups have claimed that China removes hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas from political prisoners every year


                            Is Squid Game REAL? Inside China's HORRIFIC 'kill to order' organ-trafficking trade
China's organ trade is allegedly bringing 'Squid Game' to life (Getty Images/Phynart Studio, ikorodu bois/Twitter)

'Squid Game', a South Korean series, has held the audience to their seats ever since its release on Netflix. The Asian drama has a side plot that shows how human beings have their organs harvested and sold. Fictitious as it is, 'Squid Game' now seems to be coming true. Human rights groups have claimed that China's Communist Party removes hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas from 1,00,000 dissidents and political prisoners every year. The groups have claimed that a government-run 'kill to order' organ-trafficking network is being operated on a massive scale.

A week before Squid Game was released on Netflix, Beijing firmly refused to admit that a state-sponsored organ harvesting program exists. The UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner said China was 'targeting specific ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities held in detention'. Reportedly, as many as nine UN Special Rapporteurs from the Human Rights Council collected witness testimony for over a year, and carefully examined how the terrifying 'kill to order' market works.

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"UN human rights experts said today they were extremely alarmed by reports of alleged "organ harvesting" targeting minorities, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians, in detention in China," the statement said. "The results of the examinations are reportedly registered in a database of living organ sources that facilitates organ allocation. According to the allegations received, the most common organs removed from the prisoners are reportedly hearts, kidneys, livers, corneas and, less commonly, parts of livers."

Instead of protecting their patients, skilled healthcare workers, including 'surgeons, anesthetists and other medical specialists', are reportedly helping in the trafficking of organs. "Some prisoners receive death threats and threats of organ harvesting from the police, if they do not renounce their beliefs or refuse to cooperate with the police," the statement said.

China's alleged horrifying state-sponsored organ-trafficking has been documented well over the years. However, the international community is almost powerless and can do little to stop the crime. In fact, even the World Health Organisation is bound to accept the official statistics of member states. 

Speaking with Daily Mail, Susie Hughes, the Executive Director of The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, said that China's claims of performing 10,000 to 20,000 transplants do not exactly build up. "A recent statistical analysis of China's current organ transplant system showed the numbers China has been putting out have been falsified," she said. "When you examine hospital revenues, bed utilization rates and the number of surgical teams from the official Chinese data... the figure is more likely to be between 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year."

The China Tribunal reportedly found that the Uyghur Muslim minority, as well as the followers of the banned spiritual practice Falun Gong, are serving as an 'organ bank' for domestic and foreign buyers. Falun Gong practitioner Jinato Liu, who was incarcerated for more than two years, said, "I was locked in a cell with about eight drug addicts, who were commonly induced to abuse Falun Gong practitioners. These drug addicts were rostered on shifts to persecute me by the guards' order. The cell had a surveillance camera installed, so the guards knew everything that happened inside. One day a drug addict inmate was beating my back and waist and another inmate came in from outside and yelled at him: 'Don't injure his organs!'"

Despite all the findings, however, Beijing has denied being involved in any forced human organ harvesting. It referred to the UN Human Rights organizations' statement as 'fabricated' and 'defamatory'. Further, the Chinese government has said that the testimonies were basically coming from 'actors'.