Debt Drives Kidney Harvesting in Pakistan’s Citrus Orchards

September 12, 2017

(Reuters) – Punjab is Pakistan’s most prosperous region, but alongside thriving sectors from farming to textiles, another business is booming — the illegal trade in human organs, say police, activists and victims. Fueled by a cycle of poverty and debt, this black market has flourished for years with traffickers preying on the poorest – many of them laborers who have helped the region prosper but have been paid a pittance in return.

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