Former Police Officer Recounts Witnessing ‘Industrialized’ Organ Harvesting in China

Doctors carry fresh organs for transplant at a hospital in Henan province, China, on Aug. 16, 2012.
Doctors carry fresh organs for transplant at a hospital in Henan province, China, on Aug. 16, 2012. (Screenshot via
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At the sound of gunshots, prisoners fell lifeless to the ground. Their bodies, still warm, were carried to a nearby white van, where two white-clad doctors waited. Behind closed doors, they were cut open, their organs carved out for sale on the transplant market.

The grisly scene, which sounds more like the plot of a horror movie than a real-life account, took place in China more than 20 years ago at the direction of state authorities. It was witnessed by Bob (a pseudonym), who was a public security officer providing security at the sites where death-row prisoners were executed.

“The harvesting of death-row prisoners’ organs was an open secret,” Bob, who is now based in the United States, told The Epoch Times. He declined to use his real name for fear of reprisal by the regime. The Epoch Times has verified his police ID and other personal information.

Bob described being an unwitting participant in an “industrialized” supply chain that converted living humans into products for sale in the organ trade. The players in this macabre industry include the judicial system, police, prisons, doctors, and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who issue the directives.

His account from the mid-1990s sheds light on one stage in the disturbing evolution of the CCP’s long-running practice of harvesting organs from nonconsenting donors. While Bob witnessed organ extraction from prisoners who were already dead, in the following years, the regime would go on to implement—and deploy on a mass scale—a practice far more sinister: harvesting organs from live prisoners of conscience, particularly Falun Gong practitioners.

The Execution

Bob joined the police force in 1996 and worked as a civilian police officer. From time to time, he assisted in maintaining order at a court where executions are confirmed and at various execution sites in the city. Later, in 1999, as a result of posting an online message critical of the authorities, Bob himself was put in detention for more than a year. Inside, he was able to observe the handling of death-row prisoners, and thus piece together the process from conviction to execution to organ harvesting.

After being sentenced to death, an inmate would be placed in hand and ankle cuffs, the latter weighing up to 33 pounds, to prevent escape. One or two other prisoners would keep watch over them at all times. A blood test—a step to identify possible donors—and a mental and physical health check would also be conducted at this time, in a dedicated medical room in the detention center.

“As far as I know, no one told the death-row prisoners their organs would be extracted,” Bob said.


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