BREAKING NEWS – Sources in Iraq have confirmed this week that high ranking IRGC officers have made fortunes selling organs to Iraq – mainly kidneys, playing into an abominable human trafficking network.
If news of such practices is not exactly new, Iran is well known among the international community for having legalised the sale of organs under the provision that donors consent freely and knowingly, it appears now that the regime’s men are coercing Iranians to give up ‘body parts’ to turn a quick profit.
Earlier this January a report published in Iran International revealed a dangerous trend among Iranians, whereby donors would resort to organ brokers – mainly based in Tehran, almost with links to IRGC or the clerical establishment, to handle transactions and guarantee more money, rather than follow the official channels. With no oversight to guarantee the safety of patients, let alone the sheer moral implications such a trade carry, IRGC men have been quick to exploit the situation to further their financial gains.
Doctors in Iraq have rung the alarm saying that organs were being smuggled over the borders, through Ahvaz, via IRGC-manned networks, with many smugglers openly bragging that many organs had been forcibly taken from “the enemies of the regime”.
To put it simply the regime is committing atrocious crimes against its own people, sanctioning the brutalisation of its political prisoners to feed its organ trafficking network and sustain the greed of its supporters. One may go as far as alleging crimes against humanity.
With prices ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 for a kidney depending on the country of destination, IRGC is racking in millions, playing right in the hand of a disturbing human market.
“Organs from Iran have flooded the black market in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. This is a cause for concern but our government in Baghdad chooses to look the other way because going head-to-head with Tehran on such matters is never a good idea,” said a rights activist under cover of anonymity to Bayan Media.
Sources in Iran are painting a far more disturbing picture, saying that the regime has played Iranians’ poverty and hunger by encouraging parents to give up their new-born babies against the promises of loans or government favours – such as access to medical care, or government jobs, so that infants could be sold for parts.