Burma Times Correspondent: June 11, 2015
Some of the dead bodies dug out of the mass graves in Thailand have had their body parts cut off, according to translators who worked with the authorities.
Noor Alam, one of the translators say that he saw at least four corpses belonging to migrants missing kidneys, livers and eyes.
His statement is corroborated by other translators who wish to remain anonymous.
A kidney can fetch as much as 10,000 dollars on the black market while liver prices can be as high as 4,000 dollars.
A poor migrant can at best fetch a price of 3000 dollars. That would make the organs of migrants much more lucrative than the ransom paid to free them.
If the statements made by the translators are accurate, it would open a new chapter in the South East Asian human trafficking horror.
Translators allege the Thai government covered up the incidents as many Thai nationals in the upper echelons of society are involved in the trade. Organ trafficking of migrants would also be an added disgrace for the country.
According to media reports, Thailand is a growing market for the trade of organs.
Noor Alam and other translators have not been able to confirm if other body parts were missing. Noor says when Thai police noticed the abnormality in these dead bodies, they quickly whisked them away and told them that they were sent for post mortem.
But no report was later issued by in this regard by authorities. Rather translators have been urged not to talk to media.
It is not clear of migrants were killed because of their organs or if the body parts were only removed when they were about to die.