Kidney trafficking is “big business,” says Council of EuropeBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.249-a (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:249
- Carl Kovac
The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly has issued a report saying that, because of a rapidly increasing demand for kidney transplants, trafficking in kidneys has become a hugely profitable business for international organised crime—and for the doctors who perform the procedures.
Between 15% and 30% of European patients die while waiting for a kidney transplantation, owing to a chronic shortage of organs, the report says, noting that the average wait for a legal transplant is now three years and is expected to increase to 10 years by 2010. …