Organ trading, donation make headlines

Jared Yee
BioEdge

A worldwide illegal trade in kidneys is sharply expanding, according to the World Health Organisation. According to WHO, the illegal trade in kidneys has risen to an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs– one per hour. Traffickers are flouting laws and are profiting from growing international demand for kidney transplants. The network attributes the rising demand to higher incidence of diabetes and other illnesses. Many patients go to China, India or Pakistan for surgery, which can cost up to US$200,000. The funds go to gangs who harvest organs from the vulnerable and the desperate – sometimes for as little as $5,000.

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