Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Illegal Organ Trade Thrives in Wake of Tsunami

The black-market trade in illegal organs is thriving in areas affected by the Tsunami. The following from Wired:

The police crackdown in January, instigated in part by Selvam's charges, has thrown a spotlight on the enormous economic incentives that have kept the kidney farms open, despite all efforts at reform. And now, the threat of prosecutions has spurred a political backlash from Tamil Nadu's wealthy and politically connected medical class -- many of whom are under investigation -- giving new life to long-standing calls for legalization.

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