June 28, 2014
Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- On the streets of Kathmandu, the sight of people begging for kidney treatment has become common.
The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.
The organ in highest demand is the kidney and black market traffickers are meeting that demand. Up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally every year, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity.
Organ trafficking is an illegal, yet thriving trade around the globe.
That same report shows the illegal organ trade generates profits between $514 million to $1 billion a year.
In Kathmandu, we spotted a couple begging on the street for their son's kidney treatment.
Jeet Bahadur Magar and his wife spent their entire savings to treat their son's kidney disease.
Out of money and options, they are now out o... [more]