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Kidney trafficking is “big business,” says Council of Europe

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:249
  1. Carl Kovac
  1. Budapest

    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. …

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