Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Organ Trafficking

While the hunting of albinos is an intricate part of the story of Ghost Heart, there's another issue that comes into play as well, and that is organ trafficking. This issue--which is tied to human trafficking--has become a huge international blackmarket business, mainly because the demand is so much greater than the supply.

According to the Washington Post, "As of early 2016, 100,791 people were waiting for lifesaving kidney transplants in the United States. Yet in 2014, only 17,107 kidney transplants took place there. That year, 4,761 Americans died while waiting for a kidney transplant. 

The World Health Organization, says that more than 10,000 black market operations take place around the world every year. That is more than one every hour. You can watch a short National Geographic video here about a man struggling to find a kidney here.

While I was busy with all the last minute book release things a few weeks ago, I stumbled across this new movie that is just coming out. While I haven't seen the movie (I definitely plan to) I was intrigued by the similarities to Ghost Heart. This movie is based on a true story.

Have any of you seen this movie yet? To find out more you can visit their website. 

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