Organ trafficking trade plays on the poor and desperate in Indonesian village
ABC News | February 18, 2016
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By Samantha Hawley with Ake Prihantari and Archicco Guilianno
In Majalaya, in west Java, poverty can be seen everywhere.
In one local village, 70 per cent of people have no employment and spend their days scavenging through rubbish.
It is here, about 200 kilometres south-east of Jakarta, the ABC found evidence of an organ trafficking trade where residents have sold their kidneys.
The lure of 75 million Rupiah, or around $7,500, was too much for eight residents of the local village.
Two of the victims there, including 18-year-old Ifan, has a wife and a young child.
In the small, dark and damp room they call home, there are very few possessions and there is not a toy in sight.
"I was in need of money to pay off my debt," Ifan said.
"I wanted to get a big amount of money. How could I do that so I could pay off my debt and provide for my family?"
Ifan said a broker named Amang came to the village to organise the deal, convincing him it was medically safe and his health would not suffer.
The medical check-ups and surgery took place at the Government-run Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital in central Jakarta.
With the money, he bought a PlayStation, a television, mobile phones and some gold.
But it was all stolen three days later.
"I would say I regret it very much," he said...