Desperate Europeans Try to Sell Kidneys, Lungs
Lungs being offered for as much as $250K
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2012 9:25 AM CDT
Desperate Europeans are willing to part with their lungs.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As Europeans grapple with economic misery, illegal organ sales are on the rise, with desperate sellers willing to part with kidneys, corneas, bone marrow, and even lungs. "When you need to put food on the table, selling a kidney doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice," says an unemployed Serbian man who hopes his kidney will bring in $40,000; he's been advertising its sale online for the last six months. Internet ads spotted across Italy, Spain, Greece, and Russia, meanwhile, offer lungs for sale for as much as $250,000, the New York Times reports. "Unscrupulous traffickers" are turning toward Europe as well, the paper adds, ready to profit off of the continent's economic woes.

"Organized criminal groups are preying upon the vulnerable on both sides of the supply chain: people suffering from chronic poverty, and desperate and wealthy patients who will do anything to survive," says a European Union prosecutor. Indeed, WHO figures show that just 10% of those in need are getting transplants. Between 15,000 and 20,000 kidneys sell on the black market worldwide yearly, analysts note; until recently, organs had typically come from China, India, the Philippines, and Brazil. The Times shares the harrowing story of one couple trying to sell their kidneys; click to read.

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Ahirwar Amar
Jan 30, 2016 4:07 PM CST
I want to thank an awesome medical Doctor in the person of Dr Williams Raphael who has made my family and i proud in trust and urgency, he bought off one of my kidneys for his patient with awesome amount of money in dollars, i came across his email address on the internet as dr.williams07@hotmail.com published by one Michel and Lopez thanking him and telling the world on how he came to their rescue financially as a result of buying their kidneys without stress, i quickly applied via the email and i was given all the attentions i needed by Doctor in less than a week i met all the requirements started by National kidney Foundation body, and my half money was like a dream when it came into my bank account before the transplant, i urge you to contact on Dr.Williams via; dr.williams07@hotmail.com for your financial awesomeness to come through like mine few months ago. I promised to do this when i eventually scale through. dr.williams07@hotmail.com I am Ahirwar Amar. From Manila Philippines.
BCS
Jun 30, 2012 7:36 PM CDT
might want to keep both lungs, i hear those are important.
Nimitz
Jun 30, 2012 12:39 AM CDT
This is socialism in its cannibalistic phase. Study Europe well, America. You're up next.