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The human organ marketplace

By: Baptiste FALLEVOZ | Henry MORTON
1 min

A shortage of suitable organs for transplants is a particularly acute problem in China, where social and cultural taboos make it difficult to get people to become registered donors. Previously, the government had turned to executed prisoners as a major source of organs. But with rights groups criticising the practice, authorities are trying to find alternatives, and in the meantime, a black market has developed, offering big financial rewards that often don't materialise.

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