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Documentary explores organ trafficking

March 20th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Would you buy a kidney on the black market if your life depended on it? Would you sell one, if it meant you could buy food for your family?

One of the miracles of modern medicine is that we can save a dying person's life with another's organ. Every year thousands of organs are bought and sold on a flourishing UK black market, with a single body part selling for up to $200,000.

However, current donations only meet 10% of demand.

A new documentary, 'Tales from the Organ Trade', examines this million dollar industry, and the heart-rendering decisions of eight buyers and sellers

Becky spoke to director Ric Esther Bienstock, who said that in these life-or-death conundrums, there are no simple answers. "I'm not saying it's right, I'm saying you have to understand the driving forces. What I see happening is the authorities and the medical establishment just talking about cracking down on the black market without providing solutions."

To find out more about this subject, Becky spoke to Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards, a professor at Oxford University, who both presented contrasting views.


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