Miss World contestant challenges China on organ-harvesting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Canada will be vying for more than the winner’s tiara when she competes in the annual Miss World pageant in Washington this weekend. Anastasia Lin wants to tell a global TV audience about the evils of organ-harvesting.

Lin was due to compete at Miss World last year when it was hosted by China. She was barred from entering the country due to her activism against persecution of Falun Gong, a meditation practice that she follows and China has outlawed.

The U.K.-based Miss World pageant is allowing her to compete again this year, in the U.S.

Lin spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday about allegations that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be harvested and sold for transplants, which China denies.