DESPERATE MEN OF ONE KIDNEY ISLAND
FIFTEEN men stand in line their shirts lifted and arms raised to reveal the 30 centimeter long scars carved into their sides. Poor, desperate and mutilated – these are the human victims of the profitable trade in kidneys in the Philippines. Three thousand desperate men from a single area of Manila have donated their organs to mostly foreigners in an underground trade in kidneys. There are thousands more poverty stricken and desperate men and even children that have been recruited to sell their kidneys for less than 1,000 pounds.
The story of Asia’s poor desperate to pull themselves from poverty has been investigated by Sinopix’s Richard Jones in the Philippines, India and Pakistan. The trade can also be found in Bangladesh and Burma and most other country’s where poverty is crippling and desperation of those urgently need of a transplant forces them into the “blood market”.