Police in the northern province of Ha Giang have rejected reports of human organ trafficking along the border with China.
A Ha Giang police spokesperson announced on Thursday that allegations of a body part trafficking ring in northern locales bordering China are without merit, the newswire Vietnamplus reported the same day.
Police in Lao Cai, a province neighboring Ha Giang, said in an August 2 document that 16 individuals had been kidnapped and their organs had been harvested and transferred to areas along the border with China in the first half of this year.
Hoang Tien Binh, chief of Si Ma Cai District police, told the newswire that the announcement is aimed at warning local residents and schools in the district about the crime.
Though Trinh Minh Phu, deputy chief of Si Ma Cai District police in Lao Cai, confirmed the report’s authenticity, police in Ha Giang have rejected such information.
“The information given is inaccurate. There are no such cases in the provincial area,” Vietnamplus quoted Colonel Le Van Canh, chief of the Ha Giang police advisory department, as saying.
Answering Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, Colonel Ta Quang Huy from the Ha Giang police office confirmed the inaccuracy of the information, as “11 districts and cities in [his] province reported that none of such cases had occurred in the localities.”
“We have no idea how police in Lao Cai got their data,” Colonel Huy said, adding that Ha Giang’s authorities will ask police in that province for clarity.
According to Vietnamplus, Colonel Canh admitted that there were some cases involving kidnapping but they were related to human trafficking, not organ smuggling.