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Thursday, April 21, 2022

the criminal activity of Organ harvesting .... 'Kaaki Sattai"

Kaaki Sattai ~ not to be confused with Kamal Sathyaraj starrer of yesteryears is doing well.  The film  directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar and produced by Dhanush, features Sivakarthikeyan and Sri Divya in the lead roles with music by Anirudh Ravichander. Before that do you remember ‘Dharma Yuddham’ the Rajnikanth starrer and the famous ‘pairs of black roses’ ??

Mathimaran (Sivakarthikeyan) the hero is  a police constable -  Divya is a nurse in a hospital, around which the whole plot runs. From a simple Cop, the hero stumbles on illegal organ donation racket orchestrated by a politician, and Dr. Devasagayam (Yog Japee), who is the chairman of the hospital where Divya works. They capture sick and injured migrant workers from North eastern States,  make them brain dead by administering them carbon monoxide instead of oxygen and then harvest their organs which they sell abroad for huge amounts of money.  In every road accident, only their ambulance comes to pick up the victim and the administration of carbon monoxide is done whilst they are transported to the hospital !

Prabhu as a Police Inspector gets killed earning much sympathy – the hero and villain play cat and mouse – in a twist,  when the villain group abducts 7 children, the cop substitutes one with the son of the Police commissioner himself ! ~ in the climax, in a public function, the villain is shot – and emergency medical aid is called for.  Incomes the same ambulance which had all along transported children turning them in to wreck ….. Durai becomes brain dead – organs harvested to save other lives !!!  - the hero earns his promotion !!!

A masala entertainer one would say – read this report from MailOnline of two people -  one a boy as young as 12 – smuggled into Britain to have their organs removed and sold on the black market. The horrific cases, which have been revealed in an official report, show the lengths to which human traffickers will go to make money from their vile trade. The pair were brought into the country last year by gangs seeking to exploit the worldwide demand for transplant organs.

One was identified as a boy aged between 12 and 15 and the other as a woman in her 30s. They are thought to have started their journey in Africa or Asia and to have been rescued by British police or immigration officials who suspected they were being trafficked. Such cases are rare, but expose what charities and campaign groups suspect is a little-known aspect of international people-smuggling. The first incident of illegal ‘organ harvesting’ in Britain was reported in 2011. Two years later a girl was brought from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to patients desperate for a transplant. The two latest cases are revealed in a report by the National Crime Agency, which was set up by the Government to combat serious and organised crime.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 7,000 kidneys are illegally obtained by gangs each year around the world. While there is a black market for hearts, lungs and livers, kidneys are the most sought-after organs because one can be removed from a patient without serious ill-effects. Organised criminal gangs run more than 13,000 slaves in Britain, says government regulator.  The conspiracy involves a number of people, including a recruiter who identifies the victim, someone else to organise their journey, medical professionals to perform the operation and an accomplice charged with offering the organ for sale. While the vast majority of trafficking cases highlighted in the NCA statistics relate to sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery, ‘organ harvesting’ is specifically identified as a category of cross-border criminal activity.

It is reported that the woman who was found in 2011 and referred had not yet had an organ removed but was completely traumatised and very frightened. ‘She had suffered an awful ordeal and was in such an emotional state that she found it difficult to talk about what she had been through.  In what should send chill in the spines unbecoming of any civilised society – weak people are exploited. Traffickers target the most vulnerable – children, those living in poverty, refugees and migrants – because they are often desperate and easy to manipulate.

Globally, at least 200,000 people are on waiting lists for kidneys, and many more have no access to transplantation or dialysis services. One of the worst cases uncovered so far was in the former Yugoslav republic of Kosovo, where five men were convicted in 2013 of involvement in an organ-trafficking ring that performed at least 24 illegal kidney transplants at a clinic on the outskirts of the capital, Pristina. The clinic’s director Lutfi Dervishi, who was sentenced to eight years in jail, had promised victims about £12,500 each for kidneys that were then sold on the black market for as much as £84,000 a time, but donors often went unpaid.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

10th Mar 2015.

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