Friday Jul 25, 2014

Theresa Deisher, Ph.D.

President & CEO Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute

Human Trafficking for Biomedical Research

Introduced by: Alan Pratt

Human trafficking has expanded beyond slave labor and prostitution to include trafficking for biomedical research and therapy.  This market is a transfer from the weak, the poor and the vulnerable to the rich and powerful.  Organs from executed prisoners, refugees and illiterate villagers supply the developed world’s demand for transplant; eggs from impoverished and vulnerable women supply the raw materials for cloning research; and children from conception through their teenage years are targeted for their stem cells to be used in research, cosmetic treatments and medical therapies.  Scientifically and ethically superior alternatives exist, and commercial development of these alternatives will be a critical factor to halt human trafficking for biomedical purposes.

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