World health experts warn illegal organ trade on the rise
Thousands of black market transplant operations involving purchased organs are taking place every year with one every hour, the World Health Organisation has warned.
Experts said a rise in diabetes and other diseases had increased demand for bought and sold organs, leading to a lucrative industry of trafficking.
Organised gangs are believed to be harvesting organs such as kidneys from vulnerable people for patients offering almost £130,000 ($200,000), the Guardian reported.
Many of the patients involved in the operations, which were estimated to number 10,000 a year – more than one an hour, go to China, India or Pakistan for the procedures.
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