A doctor said in a letter carried by the British medical journal Lancet on Friday that kidneys from executed Chinese prisoners are being sold for about $17,000 to transplant patients from Hong Kong.
"Kidneys are usually obtained from prisoners who are executed for offenses such as rape, burglary or political 'crimes' against the state," Dr. Siu-keung Lam of Queen Mary's Hospital in Hong Kong Lam said.
"No consent for organ removal is given either by the prisoner or the family. Furthermore, the family rarely collects the body after execution for fear of harassment by government authorities."
China has denied previous allegations that the bodies of executed prisoners are used for transplants.