February 9, 2007

Illegal Organ Trade: India Kidney Scam Revealed

Police are investigating 10 private hospitals in Tamil Nadu for illegally removing kidneys from tsunami victims and impoverished textile workers, then selling them to patients from Sri Lanka, East Asia and “the Gulf,” according to Indian media.

The practice has been going on for “about six years,” police told ADN Kronos. Some donors some claim they were tricked, or drugged and subjected to nonconsensual surgery. Police say victims of the scam are paid a “pittance,” and that suspected hospitals may be falsifying records.

Sources:

“India: 500 people sell kidneys in Tamil Nadu”
ADNKronos International/Asian Age, February 1, 2007

“Tamil Nadu kidney racket may be catering to foreigners”
Daily News & Analysis (India), January 23, 2007

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