Entry Title: "A Bulgarian Journey"
Name: Mark L Edwards , United Kingdom
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story, Non-Professional
Entry Description: Where there is poverty, there is fear and where there is fear, there will be criminality and sadly, many unfortunate victims. It is believed that a high percentage of the world’s black-market in body donor parts originates from Bulgaria. Many of the "donors" are young teenagers having been bought from their families for a few hundred pounds with the promise of a better future in another country. The reality is, that thousands of young people are being traded each year to make people traffickers rich. The spread of illegal organ sales into Europe has been abetted by the Internet, a global shortage of organs for transplants and the presence of unscrupulous traffickers, ready to exploit economic hardship.