Thursday, August 20, 2009

Babies and Organs for Sale

Cash, connections can buy you a kidney in NYC (and a baby anywhere you live)

Paying for organs [and babies] is illegal in U.S., but brokers find ways to skirt law

"I have met many, many people who have told me in confidence that they have bought a kidney. Prominent New Yorkers. And it happens right here in America," said Robert Berman, founder and director of the Halachic Organ Donor Society.

Nick Rosen, a man who lives in Israel and made a video about donating a kidney to a Long Island man in 2005 for $20,000.

"I've met some brokers, and they are not evil people," says Rosen...the same thing many adopters would sau about their facilitators and agency workers.

In 2003, a group of Israeli organ brokers were charged with recruiting as many as 100 impoverished Brazilians to donate kidneys for prices ranging from $3,000 to $20,000. The transplants were performed at a hospital in South Africa.

In the summer of 2007, police charged nine people with paying Israeli donors $30,000 each to give up a kidney. The operations allegedly took place in Ukraine. Investigators in Israel said they began probing the ring when one of the donors complained that she hadn't been paid.


Anonymous said...

All this goes on under the noses of our politicians. None of them get involved because they know this industry will come after them. Do the flesh brokers have hitmen like the mob?

AdoptAuthor said...

Well, actually there was huge bust in NJ of politicians on the take and it included at l;east one person involved in this organ selling business.

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