Malaysians are OBSESSED with hoaxes about children being kidnapped and sold for their organs. It doesn’t help when they share them on social media, WhatsApp groups and even in newspapers. So let us debunk this kidnapping children for organs hoax once and for all!
The Kidnapping Children For Organs Hoax
These pictures of what looks like newspaper clippings are being shared on social media and WhatsApp groups
Here is the gist of these posts in English :
Sharing From A Concerned Friend
Warning To All Parents / Guardians
Price of Organs In Malaysia
Heart : RM 800,000 (~US$ 200,000)
Kidney : RM 600,000 (~US$ 150,000)
Eye : RM 10,000 (~US$ 2,500)
Lung : RM 100,000 (~US$ 25,000)
Liver : RM 200,000 (~US$ 50,000)
Kidnappers are now looking for CHILDREN under 15 years old.
They’re looking for CHILDREN’S ORGANS as they still work well
Watch out for vehicles with Thai number plates / white vans / black vans / any suspicious vehicles or people around your housing area
Now, let us debunk this child kidnapping hoax once and for all!
The Organ Prices Are Not Accurate
Did anyone ask – where did these figures come from? Let’s look at what the China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center (CITNAC) quotes for those same parts.
See how much they differ from the quoted numbers. As you can see, the quoted prices in the hoax are way off-kilter.
|Organ||Hoax Prices||CITNAC Prices||Difference|
|Heart||US$ 200,000||US$ 160,000||+ US$ 40,000|
|Kidney||US$ 150,000||US$ 62,000||+ US$ 88,000|
|Eye||US$ 2,500||US$ 30,000||– US$ 27,500|
|Lung||US$ 25,000||US$ 170,000||– US$ 145,000|
|Liver||US$ 50,000||US$ 130,000||– US$ 80,000|
Of course, who would know what’s the current (black) market rate for these organs. Even so, isn’t it funny that lungs, livers and eyes cost so little in comparison to a kidney? Think about that.
Organ Transplants Need To Be Matched!
Human organs are not Legos. You can take Legos from one set and use them in another set, but you can’t take organs from someone and just plunk them into another person.
Harvested or donated organs need to be matched to their recipients, or they will be rejected by the body and fail.
Every donor and recipient needs to undergo three tests to ensure compatibility – blood type, blood cross-matching, and HLA typing. If this is not done, organ rejection is almost a certainty.
This is why it is very unlikely for the kidnappers to just kidnap anyone, children or adults, to harvest their organs. They will want to match the donors to the recipients BEFORE they kidnap them.
Forgot About Border Inspections?
Those who share this kidnapping children for organs hoax forget that it is not easy to smuggle people across the border. The border crossing at Bukit Kayu Hitam, for example, is well-guarded by Malaysian and Thai authorities. Not just the immigration officers from both countries, but also police and custom officers looking for contraband, criminals and terrorists.
Any Thai vehicle returning to Thailand would have been inspected at the border crossing. In fact, the immigration procedure involves all passengers exiting their vehicles to get their passports stamped. It’s not like you can just drive through the whole process.
So how likely is it for the kidnapper to slip past the border inspection with a kidnapped child? It would be MUCH EASIER for Thai kidnappers to kidnap a Thai child, than to kidnap a Malaysian child which they will have to smuggle across the guarded border.
Malaysian Government : It’s A Hoax
This is a really old hoax, but it keeps recirculating, to the point the Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (The Star) had to publicly refute these child kidnapping claims in 2014 :
“Claims of children being kidnapped and their organs harvested for sale as reported on social websites especially via Facebook and WhatsApp are merely rumours.
Intelligence confirmed no information was received in the country or abroad on syndicated sale of human organs by any quarters from this country,”
Okay, maybe you believe that all politicians are liars, and they will cover up such crimes. Let’s see what the Malaysian police have said about these claims.
The police would like to remind the public to stop spreading the false news about kidnapped children being smuggled into Thailand for the organ trade.
Kedah Police Chief, Datuk Asri Yusoff, said that the news and photo that spread virally on social media were old and false.
He added, the tight security and police operations with multiple security agencies at the Malaysian-Thai border makes it difficult for kidnapping organisations to commit such crimes.
“I advise everyone to stop spreading this news, and the public to be less naive in believing these viral stories on social media”
We cannot agree more with Datuk Asri Yusoff! PLEASE STOP SPREADING THESE FAKE STORIES!
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