Around the world, thousands of people are sitting on organ waiting lists, hoping that a match will be found in time for them to receive a transplant. For some, the outlook seems bleak. Months, sometimes even years, go by, and their hope begins to dwindle as their condition worsens.
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Desperate times call for desperate measures. This is when many begin to consider shadier means of obtaining what they need. They turn to underground sources to buy all types of body parts, from corneas to kidneys. Unfortunately, traffickers are all too happy to exploit desperation. Body parts harvested from humans, living or dead, are bought and sold at outrageous prices.
Due to traffickers taking advantage of the trade, most body parts are illegal to sell, though some are legal to donate, such as blood and bone marrow. There’s only one country in the world where selling organs is legal. Check out the comprehensive infographic below for a breakdown of the black market organ trade.