The illicit trade in human organs – mainly kidneys – is a multimillion dollar business. Spanning continents, bringing together for a brief period the medically desperate with the desperately poor, it is portrayed by the pushers as helping out people in extreme need. But this illegal, exploitative trade remains firmly in the hands of criminal networks. We explore the mass of ethical issues involved, bringing to light why the traffic in human organs is so difficult to stamp out.
May 2014, Issue 472