Australian Transplant Waiting List Contributes to Human Organ Black Market, Committee Says

December 5, 2018

(Australian Broadcasting Co) – The criminal masterminds behind the illegal trade of human body parts raked in $2.3 billion around the globe last year. About 12,000 organs were sold on the black market, and while the majority of those exchanges involved kidneys, 654 hearts and 2,615 livers were sold for up to $394,000 each. That illegal trade will continue to grow if the Australian Government does not do more to deter human organ trafficking, according to a unanimous report handed down by a parliamentary committee.

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