How do you feel reading this article? Indignance? Rage? That people were subjected to such inhuman exploitation? Multiply it by a thousand and you would probably still not be able to imagine what bears being milked for bile endure everyday of their confined lives across bear bile farms in China and much of North Asia, which may span 16 or more years.
If only the criminals holding them captive are recognised as such and brought to justice, just like this human blood draining gang.
India ‘Blood Draining’ Gang CapturedUpdated:14:32, Tuesday March 18, 2008
A criminal gang in northern India held 17 men captive and drained their blood, selling it for thousands of pounds, police say.
The victims – all poor migrant workers – were so weak when they were rescued that they could not stand up.
They are now being treated in hospital.
Five men have been arrested and charged with selling blood, which is banned in India, and keeping the men against their will.
The gang promised jobs to poor labourers, who travelled to the town of Gorakhpur, in northern Uttar Pradesh state, and persuaded them to undergo blood tests by paying them about 60p.
They were then paid less than £20 a month for giving blood on a frequent basis, and were too weak to fight their captors.
The blood was then sold to local hospitals for between £10-£50 a unit, depending on the rarity of the blood type.
The gang was making as much as £370 per “donor” each month.
Police were also investigating a laboratory technician at the town’s main hospital for links to the gang, the Times of India reported.
The case comes just months after police in a suburb of the Indian capital busted an organ theft gang that also lured poor labourers with job offers, only to steal their kidneys.
A severe shortage of blood has seen “unscrupulous elements” trying to make money from donations, said Khushroo Poachaa, who started an online registry of 45,000 voluntary donors eight years ago.