Trading Flesh Around the Globe

A ghoulish notion: people so poor that they sell some of their body parts to survive. But for scores of brokers who buy and sell human organs in Asia, Latin America and Europe, that theme from a late-night horror movie is merely a matter of supply and demand. There are thousands more patients in need of kidneys, corneas, skin grafts and other human tissue than donors; therefore, big money can be made on a thriving black market in human flesh.

In India, the going rate for a kidney from a live donor is $1,500; for a cornea, $4,000; for a patch...

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