I Sold My Kidney.

Not really though.  This is seriously the degeneration of  morals in society.  What vanity! They say American’s youth morality is declining?  A 17 year old boy, by the name of Zheng, from East China sold his kidney so that he can obtain an iPad 2.  Saddened by this article, I shared it with my 6 year old daughter, Kai.  I told her that she is never allowed to sell her kidneys.  If she wants an iPad that bad, please tell me first.  I’d gladly oblige and find a way to get you one, even if I couldn’t afford one, rather than allow you to sell your kidney.  I’m glad my 6 year old daughter is smarter than a 17 year old boy, and already knew that her kidneys are  more important  than a laptop.

Story goes… 17 year old Zheng contacted a kidney selling agency online.  They offered about $3,000 USD (20,000 yuan) to him for his kidney.  The operation was held at some less-than-moral hospital in Chenzou.  Of course the hospital, not legally licensed to perform such as operation,  is denying any such operation, and is reportedly claiming that their “urology department is contracted to a businessman in Fujian,”  so they were unaware of any operations.

Zheng came home with a  macbook, an ipad 2 , an iphone and other electronics which raised suspicions by his mother.  Having complications with the operation, he retuned to the hospital with his mother and police officials to expose the illegal operation. By then, they had been gone, and changed the mobile phone numbers of all 3 agents.  It appears the case has been closed due to lack of evidence.  Citizens in China have seized upon the news story as example of how China has lost its communist ways to the “evils” of unregulated capitalism.  Apple is not only a symbol in America of “status.”  Apple products are also increasingly more expensive in China.

The international demand for Apple products has been a double-edged sword for China economically.  While it has created a large number of jobs at manufacturing facilities, Apple’s demands of cheaper contracts than its rivals and higher quality have led factories to force tens of thousands of Chinese to slave away long hours in what some say  amounts to “sweatshop” conditions. A recent internal audit from Apple revealed numerous abuses of workers at Chinese plants that contribute to the company’s gadgets.

Illegal selling of organs is a huge profit on the black market, which leads to corrupt government officials in other countries.   Poverty driven countries create a profit in the black market for organ pushers.  Before 1994, countries like India had a successful, legal organ trade market.  During this time, several problems began to surface, such as patients unaware of kidney operations, as well as clients not being paid as much as they were promised.  China suffers a shortage of organs for transplant, even with lax regulations. In China, organs are often legally procured from executed prisoners.  In countries such as Iran, selling organs is currently legal.  Often clients are flown to these countries to perform the surgeries.  In India, it is illegal to sell an organ, but you can give a organ to a loved one or spouse with no monetary agreement.  Some people get married, as a loophole, so the donor is legally able to accept the money.

The average reported price around the world that a donor receives for his kidney is $5,000, while the average price paid on the black market to receive the kidney is $150,000.

“On June 27, 2008, Indonesian Sulaiman Damanik, 26, pleaded guilty in Singapore court for sale of his kidney to CK Tang’s executive chair, Mr Tang Wee Sung, 55, for 150 million rupiah (US $22,200). The Transplant Ethics Committee must approve living donor kidney transplants. Organ trading is banned in Singapore and in many other countries to prevent the exploitation of “poor and socially disadvantaged donors who are unable to make informed choices and suffer potential medical risks”. Toni, 27, the other accused, donated a kidney to an Indonesian patient in March, alleging he was the patient’s adopted son, and was paid 186 million rupiah (US $20,200). Upon sentence, both would suffer either 12 months in jail or a fine of 10,000 Singapore dollars (US $7,300).” Wikipedia

“In April 2010, six Israeli’s were charged with suspicion of running an international organ trafficking ring and breaking promises to donors to pay for their removed kidneys. According to police, one of the arrested suspects is a retired Israeli army general. The traffickers offered up to $100,000 per kidney, but in at least two cases didn’t pay the donors after the organs were surgically removed, police said.” Wikipedia

“In November 2010, Israelis and South Africans were caught by the police for organ trafficking through Netcare.” Wikipedia

“In November and December 2010, Israelis were and

a Turkish national were reported to be involved in organ trafficking in Kosovo.” Wikipedia

Some argue that selling organs should not be a criminal offense, that people should be able to do what they want with their own bodies.  While people who are desperate lay themselves open to exploitation and deceit, and organ sellers are exploited and deceived in black markets, the answer is to regulate the market, not to drive it underground.  As I am a big believer in keeping government out of issues, because creating laws just creates more power, I believe it should stay illegal.  Even with it being legal, there would still be a need for donors, and just creating loop holes, and more illegal market.  I think it is unethical to sell your kidney because you are too poor to live.  I think it is uneducated and comes from a need of materialism.

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