I will never forget an email I received four years ago. I remember exactly where I was when I read it on my phone: stopped at a traffic light. I had to pull into a parking lot to finish reading it because I was sobbing at the words.
It was from a woman halfway around the world who was in charge of one of the kids’ programs where we were testing the Born2Fly anti-trafficking curriculum. She shared the horrific news that a few days after the test began, one of the children was kidnapped and later returned with all his organs gone and head cut off.
Four years later I am still horrified at what was done to this child. I know you are, too, because many of you still write me about him.
Organ trafficking, as you may know, is one of the 3 types of child trafficking. Children can be trafficked for sex, for labor, or for their organs, which can be sold all over the world. Organ trafficking doesn’t get as much attention as sex trafficking or labor trafficking, but it is just as horrible and happens with regularity.
Unless you’ve been living in a vacuum the past few weeks, you know where I’m going with this. Organ trafficking is organ trafficking, no matter if the organs are removed before or after the child is killed.
Whatever you feel about abortion, whatever you feel about Planned Parenthood—and I am not here to argue either way on either one—I hope you are as outraged when a child is trafficked for his or her organs as you are when he or she is trafficked for sex.