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    • Brad
    • 12.11.10 | 20:37 (IST)

    This, is of course, a serious matter and I do hope all of the suspects are caught and exposed to due process of law. Having said that, I think that the conditions, the incentives for trafficking of human body parts, have been created by antiquated and unrealistic thinking by all states. So long as there is a shortage of life sustaining organs, consumers will pay whatever, to obtain the organs. Hence, the states will always be fighting rearguard actions to deal with the problem. Its time for the states themselves to be purchasers of these organs and to establish orderly triage which provides people with access to these organs. A proper system would have serious checks and balances in the system designed to protect and inform the poor who give up these organs. Its time to stop dismissing the wishes of the poor on the basis that sale of organs undermines human dignity. Human dignity is also undermined by the miserable poverty these individuals and their children live in. Its not up to society to decide for the poor whether its notion of human dignity trumps the view of the poor. A proper balance would be struck by State actors ensuring donors are fully informed. And a state purchase system, the exclusive right to purchase, would eliminate exploitation. The current system criminalizes the human imperative to escape dire poverty and the human instinct to live. In some ways I wish the interpol indictment could target states that are, at bottom, responsible for this mess. The intermediaries that are being prosecuted, assuming the report is true, deserve to be prosecuted. They certainly do not come across as honest actors attempting to connect donors with donees.

    from the article: Interpol hunts two Israelis for Kosovo organ trafficking
    First published 17:07 12.11.10 | Last updated 17:07 12.11.10
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