Organ Trafficking is a global phenomenon

Organ Trafficking is a global phenomenon. Organ trafficking is the practice of selling and purchasing organ for transplantation. As developing countries experience penurious conditions along with limited educational resources, they are automatically more susceptible to exploitation of illegal organ-trafficking to earn more income. In 2015, the Philippines had over twenty-percent of the population living under the poverty line, illustrating the hardships numerous Filipinos face in our developing country. With these high statistics, the Philippines becomes exploited to organ trafficking making it one of the top five designations for organ commerce in the world with the lowest costs for kidneys internationally (Mendoza 101). According to Roger Mendoza who conducted of this study on kidney donations through the black market in the Philippines to form general concepts regarding the black-market trade and the overall effects. Mendoza revealed through his study that 98% of the donors were male, averaging around thirty-one years of age and over ninety percent belonged to the lowest income classes. In addition, there was a significant increase in kidney vendors who had children, showing the financial need to support their families. Many of the men surveyed did not know there were laws against organ trafficking, or about the possible medical consequences (Mendoza 102). Mendoza’s study in the Philippines truly illustrates how organ traffickers target those with limited knowledge and extreme desperation to obtain vital organs for a profit. Unfortunately, the Philippines do not place strict regulations upon Filipinos citizens to control and eradicate the trafficking involved in the black-market trade. Although the Philippine’s health policies prohibit the donation of any kidneys to a person without family relation, over 90% of the vendors reported their kidneys were sold to an unrelated
recipient (Mendoza 103). In addition, not only are men of lower socioeconomic classes subjected to the inhumane trades of organ trafficking, but the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation reported that, “Filipino parents were selling their children for the harvesting of organs that were transplanted into patients from the Middle East” (Lal Panjabi 58)