Kidneys being sold over Facebook, donors become brokers

Visiting the hospital, two correspondents of Prothom Alo discussed about buying a kidney with two of the employees there. Those employees provided them with a telephone number and advised them to contact that.

It is learned that information on kidney trade can be availed in several hospitals of Dhaka city. Visiting one such hospital, advertisements of kidney trade were seen pasted on the walls of the hospital toilet. There were several mobile phone numbers on them which are the numbers of the brokers. It was also learnt that the hospital authorities are aware of it.

Several police officers and kidney disease specialists say kidney buyers or patients, sellers and mediators are working together on trading kidneys at certain hotels and hospitals in several major Indian cities, including Kolkata and Delhi. Basically, they are getting acquainted on Facebook.

For becoming a member of these Facebook groups like ‘Kidney Donate for Bangladesh’, ‘Kidney Live Transplant Service’, ‘BD Kidney Patient Bangladesh’, ‘Blood Donor-Kidney Donor Patient Guide’, ‘Kidney Transplant and Donor Communication Indian Hospital’, ‘Kidney Network’, ‘Kidney Bangladesh’, ‘Kidney Patient Bangladesh’, ‘Solution for Kidney Problem’ and ‘Looking for a Kidney Donor’ one has to apply to the admins providing their national identity card and phone number. Most of the organisers of these groups are actually kidney brokers.

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