Organ harvesting and organ donation are two very different practices, yet they are often discussed interchangeably. The issue of organ harvesting has become a growing concern globally, especially with the rise in illegal trafficking and exploitation of organs. It is crucial to understand the fundamental differences between these two practices to curb the illegal harvesting of organs and ensure that organ donation is conducted ethically and lawfully.
According to legal practitioner Kayode Ajulo, there is a thin line between organ harvesting and donation. This statement is particularly relevant in light of recent events in which former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, his wife, and their doctor were sentenced for illegally harvesting and selling Ekweremadu's kidney. The case highlights the need for a better understanding of the differences between organ donation and organ harvesting.
The UK Modern Slavery Act was introduced to combat human trafficking and modern slavery, including the trafficking of organs. However, Kayode Ajulo notes that the Act rarely weighs the intent of the action. This means that those involved in illegal organ harvesting or trafficking may face severe consequences regardless of their intentions, even if they claim that they were conducting organ donation.
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