An estimated 10,000 organ transplants are believed to take place in China every year, according to various reports. Up to 7,000 organs used in those transplants are taken from executed prisons.
The Chinese Government stated that by 2015 it plans to phase out the use of organs from prisoners.
China has up to 1.5 million people waiting for an organ donation.
Source: Silke Ballweg, “Executed prisoners are still main source for organ transplants in China,” Deutsche Welle, December 21, 2012.