A Singapore tycoon was sentenced to jail for one day for his attempt to illegally buy a kidney on the black market. The man entered a contract to purchase a kidney for $300,000.
Value of organ trafficking is $75 Million. Average price of kidney sold is $5,000. Up to 15,000 estimated kidneys sold each year.
Filipinos selling their kidneys on the black market can receive between $2,000 to $10,000. In addition, organ traffickers who find kidney donors are paid a finders fee between $1,000 to $1,500 per transplant.
The World Health Organization and Reuters produced a factsheet stating the top five locations where organ trafficking is prevalent. The countries are as follows: 1. China 2. Pakistan 3. Egypt 4. Colombia 5. Philippines
Organ sellers in Moldova receive between $2,500 to $3,000, with recipients paying between $100,000 to $250,000.
In Moldova, brokers are paid $100 or $200 for each person they recruit to sell their kidneys.
In Canada, as many as 50 people are believed to have paid as much as $75,000 for a kidney transplant in China. The organs are believed to have been culled from executed Chinese prisoners.
Published news articles have reported of individuals paying between $100,000 to $150,000 for a trafficked kidney.
According to Reuters, “Commercial living donors, mainly poor and vulnerable individuals in need of money, are thought to supply 10 percent of the world’s transplanted kidneys.
According to the Economist, “In America, the average waiting time for a kidney is now five years, up from less than a year in the 1980s. In Britain, there are around 6,000 people who need a transplant – and less than 2,000 such operation take place each year.”