Selling Organs on the Black Market
Every teenager wants to own the newest iPhone or iPad but to save up for those working at the local McDonald’s it would take some time. But in China, you can get it just by selling a kidney. In face according to a BBC news article dated April 6, 2012 five people were arrested for convincing a teenager to sell his kidney in an online chat room for the equivalent of $3,000. The teenager is now suffering from kidney failure, and just for a couple of new toys. The New York Times states on June 29, 2012 that only 10% of the global needs for organ transplantation are being met. The UK Telegraph of May 28, 2012 states that experts are saying that a rise in diabetes and other diseases has led to the increase in demand for human organs and as a result 10,000 illegal transplants, or more than 1per hour a year. Today we are going to analyze the black market organ trade by first looking at the problems with the organ trade, second we will learn about the causes of the organ trade. And finally we will learn how we can fix the problem by implementing some solutions because this issue is no longer just overseas, NBC news, July 11th, 2012 detailed the case of Levy Rosenbaum who pleaded guilty to 3 counts of Illegal trafficking to new jersey Based customers in exchange for payments of around 120,000 a piece. He was sentenced to 2.5yrs in prison. This is the first federal conviction of illegal organ trafficking in U.S.A history.
There are two main problems with the black market organ trade. The first problem is that it affects the poor and the weak. The second is that we don’t have enough organs to supplement the need for transplants.
First, this practice mainly affects the poor and weak. Korea Times, June 4, 2012 states that poor people in crisis-stricken European countries like Spain and Italy are risking illegal organ sales for extra money. A couple of thousand dollars for spare kidney goes a long way in third world nations....
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