Afghans Sell Their Kidneys & Children To Survive

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Alex Crawford speaks to starving Afghans who are being forced to sell their organs just to buy food. The organ trafficking market is on the rise worldwide. For a long time Afghani people have been selling their kidneys without hesitation just to survive.

Alex Crawford speaks to starving Afghans who are being forced to sell their organs just to buy food. Some even warn they will soon have to put their own children up for sale.

A combination of western sanctions and Taliban rule have left Afghans struggling to survive. But a kidney can earn a woman $1,500 – even more if you’re a man.

For a long time Afghani people have been selling their kidneys without hesitation just to survive. The interruption of international aid following the Taliban’s invasion of the country and winter conditions are putting the lives of millions of people already living in poverty at risk.

Like most civilized countries across the world, the sale and purchase of organs is illegal in Afghanistan, as is the implanting of purchased organs by physicians.

The organ trafficking market is on the rise worldwide. Numerous unfortunate stories of networks of brokers, physicians, and hospitals engaged in illegal trade have been featured in high-profile media.

The profitable enterprises facilitating these unregulated services exploit the poor in underresourced countries and offer substandard medical care with unacceptable outcomes to the rich recipients

Warning: Some viewers may find the scenes in this report distressing.

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