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The invisible issue of organ laundering

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posted on 23.11.2016, 14:04 by A. Manzano, Mark Monaghan, B. Potrata, M. Clayton
Global institutions, although suggesting measures to deter organ trafficking, reiterate the lack of official statistics about this illegal trade. In this article, we explore the reasons why organ trafficking remains unreported. We argue that the complex factors that perpetuate invisibility facilitate trafficked organs being "laundered" in the health care systems of the purchaser's country, hindering accurate estimation of the problem. The factors are as follows: (a) issues of globalization, jurisdiction, and law enforcement; (b) the power of health care professionals; (c) the reimbursement of transplantation costs abroad by insurers; (d) ambivalence of the victim status of the sellers; and (e) the buyers as vulnerable offenders.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Transplantation

Volume

98

Issue

6

Pages

600 - 603

Citation

MANZANO, A. ... et al., 2014. The invisible issue of organ laundering. Transplantation, 98 (6), pp.600 - 603.

Publisher

© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This article was published in the journal Transplantation [© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000000333

ISSN

0041-1337

Language

en