Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Organ-Trafficking Ring in Kosovo

NY Times article

This is the first time I have seen probable evidence of the actual stealing of kidneys -- not "just" paying a very low amount.  This is not a case of a kidnapped person having his kidney removed, but rather someone who was promised -- and then denied -- monetary compensation for selling a kidney.  Yes, there are interesting theoretical issues raised by this article (the fact that medical science can provide cures using transplanted kidneys creates "demand" for kidneys which is not met by the "supply" creates an opportunity for a black market to flourish), but I can't get any scholarly distance on this:  The story is very, very sad and some people are simply evil.

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