This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by email@example.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.
These myths have been traced back to at least 1986 when Pravda in
the Soviet Union carried allegations of children being taken to the
US for adoption and then being murdered for their organs. There are
several variations and they've become quite popular in countries
where the civil unrest they foster tends to favor one political or
military faction. As described above, all of them require an
ignorance of what's involved in transplantation. No evidence is
ever produced, just the assertion that its being investigated.
Within the last few years some individuals concerned about human
rights violations in Latin-America have become infatuated with these
rumors, apparently because one Central-American government official
or another had told them that they were true, though again no
evidence is produced. This is very unfortunate since Amnesty
International has started to quote some of the more irresponsible
writings on the subject.
Further information is available from Todd Leventhal at the US
Information Agency. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202)619-5673.
They've been following the body parts rumors for seven years.
References and additional information:
Too Good to Check, Anti-Americanism: A rise in suspect reports that
children are being abducted or their organs. Newsweek, June 26, 1995,
(The international issue had a longer article on the same subject
Leventhal, THE "BABY PARTS" MYTH: THE ANATOMY OF A RUMOR. UNOS
Update, May 1994 (also available from Todd Leventhal
Leventhal, Critique of French film "Organ Snatchers"
UNOS Fights 'Baby Parts' Rumor in Geneva. UNOS Update, May 1994
Organ Trafficing perspective from UNOS, UNOS press release available
from UNOS and also posted at the Yale biomedical gopher site.
Foreigners Attacked in Guatemala. New York Times, 4/5/94, pg. A10.
Holden, Constance. Curbing Soviet Disinformation. Science, Nov
4, 1988, v242, p.