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Organ sales (and theft) aren't just urban legends

Medical Ethics Organ Sales Organ thefts 2011

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#1 Orpheus


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Posted 05 November 2011 - 12:58 PM

You hear a lot about this from transplant candidates. They all seem to know all the details. It's easy to wonder whether their info is genuine, or if their situation just makes them willing to accept what they are told, as a comforting alternative. After all, they were just regular people, not masterminds of some medical demimonde.

But it's real, right here in River City.

Brooklyn man pleads guilty to trafficking black market kidneys to N.J. residents
Organ Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys for Desperate Israelis

I don't know why it particularly outrages me that the victim/donor often isn't paid what they were promised, but it does. What can they expect, though? They're dealing with criminals.

I'd love links to other articles on other cases that you've seen.

#2 sierraleone


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Posted 06 November 2011 - 06:45 AM

Well, the victim in the story I heard about got paid what he asked for, but he was underpricing it I'd say....A Chinese teenager wanted an Ipad, and gave a kidney for one.

Here is an article that mentions it, among the more general issue of the organ black market in China.

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