Pakistan ‘kidney bazaar’ thrives

For years, India has been known as a “warehouse for kidneys” or a “great organ bazaar” and has become one of the largest centers for kidney transplants in the world, offering low costs and almost immediate availability. Now in Pakistan poor people doing the same, the kidney bazaar or kidney market is flourishing. Rich people from all over the world exploiting these poor people. Many poor in this country are living on less than a dollar a day. They are always in debt and thus forced to sell their organ to rich people to get rid of debt and poverty but unfortunately terrible cycle of debt and poverty and unemployment never let them get out of these unwanted debts. Then middlemen and rich people exploit these people, offering huge amounts for a kidney. Often the sum promised is not given, and the costs of medicines after the kidney removal are so high that people lose much of what they earned.

JANDALA, Pakistan (AP) — Nassem Kausar has done it. So, she says, have her sister, six brothers, five sisters-in-law and two nephews.

Each has sold a kidney to a trade that has led Pakistan’s media to dub the country a “kidney bazaar.”

“We do this because of our poverty,” said Kausar, who is in her 30s and lives with her family in Sultanpur Mor, a village in eastern Pakistan.

A kidney nets the donor $2,500, sometimes less than half that amount, while recipients — some 2,000 a year — pay $6,000 to $12,000, compared with $70,000 in neighboring China.


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  1. This is horrible. And it’s one of the reasons I am very bristly on the topic of cloning – there are plenty out there already who cheapen human life – I don’t think we need to add to that population.

  2. oops!! sounds scary!!

  3. @Vin

    It is Scary well infact its a exploitation,,!


    Rightly said..there are plenty out there already who cheapen human life

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