AN ABOMINABLE TRADE

AFTER AN UPROAR ABOUT PURLOINED KIDNEYS, THE GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON THE SALE OF ORGANS

Like thousands of poor Tamil villagers, Kumaresan Velu, 29, had been lured to Bangalore, India's booming computer capital, where construction jobs pay $3 a day. To tide him over until he could find work, he agreed to sell his blood. Velu was taken to Yellamma Dasappa, a private hospital, and sedated after admission. When he was discharged eight days later, he had a 25-cm scar on his side. He later learned that his left kidney was missing. Within days, nine other victims told police a similar tale.

Reports of an underground trade in human organs have circulated in India for...

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