Organ theft? Be skeptical. Sounds like an urban legend and not enough evidence is provided.
Police in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan detained an alleged member of the Knights Templar cartel who is suspected of kidnapping children to harvest their organs, an official said Monday.
Michoacan state Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra alleged that Manuel Plancarte Gaspar was part of the cartel’s organ-trafficking ring. The ring would kidnap children and take them to rented homes with medical equipment where their organs were removed, Castellanos Becerra charged.
Hours before the announcement, a leader of one of the local vigilante groups that sprang up last year in Michoacan to challenge the cartel’s control told a radio station that people in the area knew the Knights Templar gang was involved in organ trafficking because several children had been rescued in his town while being transported in a refrigerated container inside a van.
“They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped in blankets,” Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles, leader of the civilian “self-defense” group in Tepalcatepec, said in a morning interview with MVS radio.
Other than that, there is NO evidence given to suggest they were being used for organ trafficking. As our tipster noted: Who amongst the gang has the expertise to remove organs? Where is the market to sell organs? None of that is obvious. Now, this is not impossible, organ theft seems to be well-established in places like Kosovo, but there does not seem to be enough evidence presented TO THE PUBLIC to show that children are missing, have been killed, and have had their organs removed and sold. Note that Gaspar was only “detained” not charged with anything.
The Knights Templar Cartel (Caballeros Templarios) is a Mexican criminal organization composed of remnants of the defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán. [Wikipedia]
Could this be related to sex trade or other human trafficking? Possibly.
Tip: Gordon Dempsey