Mike Emberson, former CEO of the anti-trafficking charity, The Medaille Trust, and an independent expert on modern slavery and human trafficking, said that while it is difficult to extrapolate much detail from such low numbers, cases may be on the increase, or authorities may be better at spotting signs.
However he added: “What I do suggest, and suggest strongly, is that these figures are very, very low and it is likely given the scale of the organ trade around the world (of which China is a significant but not sole actor), the recent reports of the scale of OCG [organised crime group] activity in the UK and the various diasporas in the UK who may constitute a significant tranche of the customer base, that we are in the cliched area of ‘the tip of the iceberg’.
“It is time for more proactive operations by the NCA and other law enforcement agencies rather than reactive operations instigated after victims are discovered.”
Today an Independent Tribunal, spearheaded by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, is expected to publish a damning judgement into forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.
Sir Geoffrey worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic. He has compiled a panel of six fellow experts with a variety of backgrounds in international law, medicine, business, international relations and Chinese history.
Children at risk of having their organs harvested flee to UK to escape criminal gangs – The Telegraph