Organ Trafficking

Organ trafficking is the practice of stealing or buying organs through exploitation to be sold on a black market for profit, and transplant tourism is traveling to another country for the purpose of buying, selling, or receiving organs (Broumand & Saidi, 2017; Shimazono, 2007; United Nations, 2011; United Nations, 2018).

Chapter 9: Organ Trafficking

1 Asia’s Kidney Black Market | 101 East

7 sep. 2016

In rural Nepal, an entire village shares a secret. Every family here has at least one member who has sold their kidney to traffickers.
 
Each year, international organ trafficking gangs convince these poor people to give up a kidney. Sometimes the donors get paid for it, sometimes they don’t. But the cost to their health can be devastating.
 
Most of their kidneys end up in India, often in Kolkata, which has been nicknamed “The Great Kidney Bazaar”.
 
101 East travels the kidney trafficking route, talking to the donors, police, brokers and doctors involved in this bloody black market.
 

 

2 Undercover video of human organ traders – BBC News

1 mei 2017

The World Health Organisation says that more than 10,000 human organs are being sold illegally every year. Billions of pounds are tied up in the trade, with the Middle East now considered the global hub, driven partly by desperate refugees eager to make money by selling their organs.
 

 

3 Exposing the black market for human organs

5 mrt. 2013

Many who live in poverty in Bangladesh resort to selling their organs in an effort to make ends meet. MSU anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman infiltrated the black market for human organs to expose the often horrific experiences of victims and the consequences of trafficking.
 

4 The Cruellest Cut – Pakistan’s Kidney Mafia

16 jul. 2007

July 2007
More and more Westerners – including Australians, it appears – are travelling abroad to get transplants, particularly kidneys – currently the world’s most sought-after organ. This boom in so-called transplant tourism has caused the World Health Organisation to recently express alarm at the sale of kidneys by poor donors to cater for this surging demand. Manzoor’s kidney was his only valuable position. Selling it was meant to cover his debts. But he ended up even further in debt when he developed post operative problems and had to buy medicine.
 
Produced by SBS/Dateline
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures
 

5 Nepal’s black-market organ trade | Short Doc

12 jul. 2020

Nepal’s Kavre province is known as ‘Kidney Valley’. Organ traffickers here tempt impoverished villagers with the prospect of easy money, promising that their organs will grow back. At least one family member in nearly every household has sold a kidney on the black market. 
 
This is a short version of our ‘Kidney Valley’ documentary. For the full documentary, click here – https://youtu.be/xTl7BkuXuBw
 
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6 Kidney Valley: Nepalese villagers preyed upon by a thriving organ black market

28 jul. 2016

Kavre province in Nepal has been dubbed “Kidney valley”: there’s hardly a household in which a family member hasn’t sold his or her kidney on the black market. There is no legal way for patients to obtain donor organs other than from a relative. In the absence of a suitable familial match, the patient’s only chance of survival is to turn to the underground organ trade.
 
Grim dealers exploit the region’s extreme poverty and the people’s lack of education about health and medicine. Many victims have been told that the process would have no impact on their health and even that a kidney would grow back. Desperate to escape debt and support their families, impoverished villagers have agreed to the irreversible surgery, only to be hugely underpaid and left with their health irreparably damaged.
 
While Nepal’s transplant patients often have no way to obtain life-saving organs, other than the black market, naïve and underprivileged villagers are easy prey for organ dealers who turn a tidy profit from the devastating trade. Ironically many of them started in the business by selling one of their own organs. RT Doc meets people from all sides of the illegal organ market to ask how and why it has reached today’s appalling levels.