Organ Selling: When It Becomes a Business

Organ Selling: When It Becomes a Business

Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7254-3.ch022
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Abstract

Citizens of underprivileged areas submit to temptations and end up selling their organs for their great need for money. Some say that it is a personal choice and that each is responsible for making such a decision, while others believe that such a transaction is inherently unethical. In reality, the exchange of an organ for money does not end well most of the time. Quite often, the gangs and doctors receiving the organ fail to abide by the agreement leading to the ethical dilemma resulting from organ selling. Organ selling should never be legalized since there would always be a price war and its effects could not be confined. People by nature are greedy; thus, leading to black market again. Moreover, the demand is much more than the supply; thus, there is no specified criteria for who receives the organ as any method used would eventually lead to more complications.
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Organ selling is a critical issue that should be dealt with immediately. Statistics show various cases of organ theft and selling around the world. Poor countries such as: Pakistan, India, South Africa, Brazil are usually the main victims of organ selling. Rich countries such as: Israel, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan … abuse the weak financial situation third world citizens are in, and pay relatively low amounts to buy some of their organs. In India, about 2000 Indians sell their kidneys yearly even though the law banned such actions since 1994. Data illustrates that 1/5 of the kidneys transplanted worldwide came from the black market. The act of selling organs is becoming a regular practice; in fact, some brokers are earning as much as 200,000$ for matching an organ donor to receipt. Are human organs treated as business assets nowadays?

Iran is the only country that legalizes human sales, but they consider it organ sharing instead of organ selling. The government runs the whole operation and links the donor to the recipient. There are no private players involved such as brokers or any other intermediaries. Organ selling is also present in the United States, where a kidney trafficker was convicted of selling kidney transplants to customers for $120,000. He was paying the kidney seller in Israel $10,000 for their kidneys. The poor are being exploited in such cases; hence immediate actions are required to prevent these disgraceful acts.

More than a100 illegal operations were carried out at a hospital in Durban, South Africa between 2001 and 2003; thus, showing us that for the right price anything is possible even getting an organ. What a big shame it is that doctors are accepting bribes to perform the required surgery. Will people walk with price tags on them in the near future? Net care admitted that it had enrolled children to contribute their kidneys which were then transplanted into wealthy clients. This is an unethical act. The usage of innocent children as a means to help wealthy people is completely unacceptable. Aren’t all humans born equally? Why are some being deprived them of organs just because others are wealthier? Where is the government intervention?

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