Value of the Illegal Organ Trade

Havocscope is currently estimating the illicit market value for organ trafficking to be $75 million based on the following sources.

1. According to the World Health Organization, the average price paid to a kidney donor on the black market is ” likely to be about US $5000.

2. According to organ trafficking expert Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a conservative estimated of the number of organs trafficked on the black market is 15,000 each year.

15,000 estimated kidneys X $5,000 = $75,000,000.

Please note that the figure is meant to present a general idea of the amount of money involved in this market. The figure does not represent the profits involved in the activity, nor does it include the amount of money paid by the organ recipient.


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  1. Sources:
    World Health Organization, “Organ Trafficking and transplantation pose new challenges,” IN FOCUS, September 1, 2004, (accessed: April 2, 2007).

    “15,000 kidneys trafficked each year: Organ Watch,” MSN News India, February 15, 2008.

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