Monday, May 28, 2012

An organ is sold every hour around the world, WHO warns: Brutal black market on the rise again thanks to diseases of affluence

An organ is sold once an hour, the World Health Organisation has warned, amid fears that the illegal trade is again on the rise.

The U.N. public health body estimates that 10,000 organs are now traded every year, with figures soaring off the back of a huge rise in black market kidney transplants.

Weatlthy patients are paying up to $200,000 (£127,500) for a kidney to gangs, often in China, India and Pakistan, who harvest the organs from desperate people for as little as $5,000 (£3,200).

Eastern Europe also has a huge market for illegal organ donation and last month the Salvation Army revealed it had rescued a woman brought to the UK to have her organs harvested.

With kidneys believed to make up 75 per cent of the black market in organs, experts believe the rise of diseases of affluence - like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems - is spurring the trade. Read More