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Headline: Kidney Racket Uncovered in India

Indian police uncovered an organ selling ring that tricked or forced hundreds of impoverished Indians to sell their kidneys. ABC News reports victims were promised a job, taken to a private house for a "blood test," and forced at gun point to sell their kidneys for about $1,800. Five hundred to 600 kidneys were sold to wealthy customers, many foreigners (including two Americans) for ten times that amount.

According to the story:

Suspicious neighbors said they had noticed blood running out of the house's gutters, as well as blood-soaked bandages and even bits of flesh thrown into an open plot near the house.

The Times of India noted that the well-organized racket would buy advertisements in international medical journals promoting Indian "medical tourism packages." The packages would include airfare, accommodation, and the cost of transplant. Unfortunately, the doctor mastermind, Dr. Amit Kumar, may have fled the country, but officials believe 50 other medical officials were involved in the operation.

Do broken health-care systems lead to this kind of desperation? Should people be allowed to voluntarily sell their own organs?


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thatsmajor thatsmajor 9 years
This is so so sad. Poor people. What kind of person does such a sick thing??
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 9 years
It's really sad that 1) people steal kidneys and 2) people sell their own for money. On last seasons nip/tuck they had the issue of someone stealing kidneys (putting GHB or something in drinks after taking them home) and the movie Tourista is about the same thing. I know it's Hollywood, but this stuff does happen.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
onabanana onabanana 9 years
I don't think it's just the broken health that leads to these actions. The health care system certainly creates the demand but on the supply side poverty surly feeds this problem. There have been several BBC reports telling of poor people in India selling their kidneys for the equivalent of one-2 years salary. There were reports that victims of the tsunami also eventually resorted to selling their kidneys to survive. It's very sad.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Oh my god... that's awful. Just... awful...
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I have a morbid fear of being cut with a knife or scalpel ever since i I had a lump removed from my back and the anaesthtic didn't work(the worst pain I have ever felt in my life), so tosee this wow, I can't even explain.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Wow, horrific.
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I do think that broken health care systems lead to this type of desperation and exploitation. But I must say that my heart goes out to the poor Indians who were forced to sell their kidneys. What was done to them is so incredibly unjust.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
OMG. I don't even know what to say. Those poor people. Heaven forbid they ever get sick and need a donor kidney! Kumar needs to suffer for what he did. WTF. Nobody should be selling any organs. Organ donation is a different animal entirely.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
This is SICK. Those poor people.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Okay really disgusted now.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 9 years
That is horrible, those poor people!
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