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Australians turn to black market to save their lives

News AustraliaNews Corp Australia Network | August 7, 2016
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By Sue Dunlevy

A three-year News Corp investigation has uncovered almost a hundred Australians who have illegally purchased an organ overseas, fearing they would otherwise die waiting here for a legal transplant.

The unregulated trade is seeing prisoners shot on demand to supply human organs and poor people forced by debt collectors to sell their kidneys for as little as $1000.

Doctors involved in the trade are charging up to $250,000 per transplant with anaesthetists, nurses, bureaucrats and brokers who source the organ all getting a cut.

But patients often develop major complications and require expensive follow-up treatment when they return to Australia...

Human trafficking leads to organ trade in NTT

Jakarta PostThe Jakarta Post | August 1, 2016
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Saturday he had instructed the National Police to send a special team to investigate rampant human trafficking leading to organ trading in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). 
The President gave the instruction to National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian after receiving reports of 27 people who had been trafficked to Malaysia and had had their organs taken from their bodies. One of the victims, Yufrida Selan, 14, was sent home dead with her internal organs cut out of her body and stitches along her spine, indicating that her body had been cut open for the procedure. 
“I’ve asked the National Police chief to pay special attention to this human trafficking case as it involves the organ trade and there were 27 victims,” Jokowi said as quoted by tribunnews.com. 
Fendy Mugni, a committee member of Pospera, a group of NTT Jokowi supporters during the 2014 presidential election, said that Yufrida’s parents planned to meet Jokowi but the meeting did not happen due to the President’s tight schedule. 
Jokowi also instructed the police to work with the military to resolve the case.

New law bans for-profit organ trade

Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post | Jul 1, 2016

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By B. Sengkong and E. Handley

The National Assembly yesterday adopted a law banning commercial organ transplants in a bid to curb trafficking in the so-called “red market” trade, introducing heavy jail sentences for breaches.

The law, which also covers human cells and tissues, stipulates that any donation of human parts must be undertaken on a humanitarian basis – commercial motives and advertising such services are forbidden and carry jail sentences of up to 20 years.

The legislation’s passage comes two years after a seminal case of organ trafficking in the Kingdom in which Mot Hiriphin was convinced by a cousin that he could sell a kidney to pay off crippling family debt.

Hiriphin travelled to a Thailand hospital for surgery and received $4,200 for his kidney.

But lawmakers and law-enforcers yesterday acknowledged a “grey area” that would be difficult to regulate, in which poverty compels victims to give their organs to someone who – while not paying cash for the organ – might provide for the victim in other ways...

People Die Waiting For Organs. Here's How To Stop That From Happening

Harvard forumHuffington Post | May 21, 2016
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By Casey Williams

More than 121,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. Some will sit in limbo for as many as five years before receiving an organ. Others won’t live long enough to reach the top of the waiting list: every day in the U.S., 22 people die while waiting for a live-saving transplant.

There’s no easy solution to the twin problems of organ scarcity and staggering waiting times for transplants.

Recruiting more living donors could help shrink wait times. But donating an organ is no easy task. Donors are covered by the recipient’s insurance for the actual procedure but are barred by law from receiving money to cover their travel costs or to pay for their recovery. The hefty financial burden often dissuades would-be donors from contributing their organs.

Deciding who gets an organ when is tricky business as well. When an organ becomes available, potential recipients who live nearby and whose blood type matches the organ usually get first priority. Hospitals also allocate organs based on how urgently patients need them. But there's still much debate over how best to match and distribute organs.

In a panel discussion hosted by Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health on Friday, experts will discuss these and other issues...

Click here to watch this fascinating panel discussion featuring Professor Francis Delmonico, the Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group.

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