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'Kidney for sale': Iran has a legal market for the organs, but the system doesn't always work

Kidney for sale - Iran has a legal market for the organsLos Angeles Times | 15 October 2017
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By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim

'Kidney for sale': Iran has a legal market for the organs, but the system doesn't always work

The advertisements are scrawled in marker on brick walls and tree trunks, and affixed to telephone utility boxes, sidewalks and a road sign pointing the way to one of Iran’s leading hospitals.

“Kidney for sale,” read the dozens of messages, accompanied by phone numbers and blood types, splashed along a tree-lined street opposite the Hasheminejad Kidney Center in Tehran.

New ads appear almost daily. Behind each is a tale of individual woe — joblessness, debt, a family emergency — in a country beset by economic despair.

Trafficking ring busted in Nowshera, Pakistan

Eight arrested in Nowshera for illegal kidney transplantsThe Express Tribune | 26 September 2017
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By Tribune Correspondent

Eight arrested in Nowshera for illegal kidney transplants

The FIA has arrested eight people, including a surgeon, for being involved in an illegal kidney transplant racket in Nowshera, officials said on Tuesday. “It [kidney transplantation] was being carried out illegally where poor people were offered some money for donating their kidneys,” said Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official Mumtaz...

More effort needed to improve ethical organ donation and ensure equity in access to transplants in India

Why kidney rackets in India flourishHindustan Times | 04 October 2017
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By Sanchita Sharma

Why kidney rackets in India flourish with impunity

The lynchpin of the most unprecedented racket was Amit Kumar (pic), who has no training in medicine or surgery. He has instead shown skill in evading the law, changing names and moving cities several times each time he secured bail after an arrest.

Each year, more than two lakh (100,000) people need new kidneys but only 8,000 get them. The demand-supply mismatch creates a space for organ rackets where fake doctors carry out surgeries and forge documents to show donors and recipients as family...

Everywhere in the world, from Yemen to Egypt these stories on organ trafficking are heartbreakingly familiar

From Yemen to EgyptMiddle East Eye | 30 September 2017
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By MEE contributor

Misery of Yemen's organ donors: 'It is better to starve to death'

Ali was desperate for work. War had engulfed Yemen, he had eight children to support and he couldn't get enough jobs as a labourer to make ends meet. In early 2016 he yet again found himself walking up and down the streets near the Qat market in al-Sonaina, a quiet and poor neighbourhood of the Yemeni capital Sanaa...

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