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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_...icle6850879.ece

British victims of the credit crunch are offering to sell their kidneys for £25,000 or more to help pay debts, an investigation by The Sunday Times has revealed.

At least a dozen adverts have appeared on the internet offering kidneys for sale from British “donorsâ€. Five of the sellers corresponded with undercover journalists, who posed as friends and relatives of sick patients to negotiate sales.

One person willing to sell a kidney is a 26-year-old mental health nurse who said he needed the money to pay debts after a business he set up went bankrupt. Another is a 43-year-old taxi driver from Lancashire, who wants to raise cash to pay off some of his mortgage and buy a new kitchen.

Both men said they wanted to help those in need of kidney transplants at the same time as relieving their financial difficulties. A leading doctor said the phenomenon highlighted the need for a public discussion of the issue of selling organs.

Professor Peter Friend, a former president of the British Transplant Society, said: “The West has outlawed it for all sorts of good reasons, but the result is it goes underground. It is really important to have a debate.†Nearly 7,000 people in the UK are waiting for kidney transplants and 300 died last year while on the waiting list.

Offering to sell an organ in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is an offence under the Human Tissue Act even if the seller is planning to travel to another country for the transplant operation.

Yesterday William Henderson, the taxi driver, justified his offer to sell a kidney by saying: “I thought I was going to give another man a chance of life. I wanted to help myself at the same time. We are in the middle of a giant credit crunch.†He added: “A guy from Pakistan wanted one, but I turned him down. I think he was more buying it to sell it on. I’d rather . . . it’s got somewhere good to go. â€

Not a discussion of our insane financial system then?

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Erm Kidneys aren't worth what they used to be either, again due to China, I remember being 12 and you could sell your kidney in Singapore for £64,000. China around 2003 then realised it could sell the organs of executed criminals and thus pushed the price down massively , China executes LOTS criminals every year and hence have flooded the market with all sorts of human organs , hearts , corneas , kidney , liver , etc etc... Why pay £25,000 when a made in China one will cost less...

Its probably why being rolled in a dark alleyway and waking up a week later in a bathtub full of ice no longer happens anymore..

But in countries like Iran its supposed to be fairly common for this to be done , but its not money for kidney its done in a gift in exchange for your kidney, I remember a documentary years ago about it where a guy sold his kidney to buy a taxi to start a biz , unlucky for him he wrote the car off shortly afterwards.

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"...buy a new kitchen...."

:lol:

He's probably being pestered for that new kitchen by his wife...

"You're so selfish! You think more of your bloody kidneys than you do of me..."

Edited by juvenal

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I've had a quick look on eBay and Gumtree and can't see any kidneys.

anyone know what website they're using?

Ebay and gumtree are one and the same thing (owner wise), you should try craigslist you can find all sorts of stuff on there.

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"Although he said any money he received would go to pay off part of his mortgage and “probably buy a new kitchenâ€, he was also keen that his organ went to someone in genuine need.

“A guy from Pakistan wanted one, but I turned him down,†he said. “I think he was more buying it to sell it on".

Kidney flipping! You couldn't make it up....

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He's probably being pestered for that new kitchen by his wife...

"You're so selfish! You think more of your bloody kidneys than you do of me..."

Lets hope she doesnt want the bathroom done as well

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related hpc thread from 2 weeks ago..

" First Time Buyers Would Sell Organs For Deposit"

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How's the market for organs? If you're not the traditional church market, you'd presumably want at the very least a good-sized drawing room that few people have these days.

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“A guy from Pakistan wanted one, but I turned him down,†he said. “I think he was more buying it to sell it on".

Kidney flipping! You couldn't make it up....

Well in fairness , if you don't flip it , it'll be out the pan before the fava beans are cooked and the chianti is up to room temperature.

Dames :P

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This is an old urban myth about being drugged and waking to find a kidney missing - adapted to the credit crunch. Utter tripe!

Even Charlie The Unicorn has parodied this! (and much more funny....)

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