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China’s human organ trade revealed

By Chen Ping-hung and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The film — which followed an eight-year investigation — was awarded last year’s Peabody Award.

Falun Gong lawyer group spokesperson Chu Wan-chi (朱婉琪) said the movement has been repressed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1999, and over the past 16 years, the number of organ transplant centers in China has increased from 150 to more than 600.

China executes a maximum of 2,000 criminals per year, but transplant surgeries surpass 10,000 every year, begging the question of where the Chinese hospitals are sourcing their organs, Chu said.

Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants doctor Huang Chien-feng (黃千峰) said there are between 50,000 and 60,000 dialysis patients in Taiwan, adding that the numbers are nearly identical to the number of Chinese requiring dialysis.

The ease of organ transplants in China leads one to be suspicious of where they are sourcing the organs, Huang said, adding that he hoped the documentary would help promote legal organ donations in Taiwan.

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