Women impoverished by the catastrophic tsunami of 2004 are selling their kidneys on India's lucrative black market in ever increasing numbers. Wired reports on an international organ-donor scandal in which desperate donors are often ripped off by unscrupulous doctors and dealers who take the organs and keep the money.
With crackdowns on organ dealing—now illegal—ineffective, India may legalize the business in the hope of regulating it. It's a controversial proposal. "The argument that law is not able to curb organ trafficking is no justification for allowing organ sale," says R.R. Kishore, an opponent of legalization.