“Today’s Specials: 1 kidney for $10,000, 1 liver for $50,000.”
Source: Daily Mail
Iranians have been forced to sell their organs for up to $50,000 with the country’s economy in freefall, an opposition group has claimed.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is based in Paris, says the organ trade is a ‘booming business’ as the economy struggles under the weight of U.S .sanctions.
According to their report, one street in Tehran is so covered in scrawled offers of organ sales that the alley has become known as ‘Kidney Street’. Desperate sellers write their phone number and blood type in the hope that nearby patients will be willing to pay, the NCRI claims, blaming the economic turmoil on Iran’s government.
“Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting them right in their guts.”
The NCRI cites a number of case studies including a 30-year-old PhD student who apparently put his kidneys up for sale to pay for care for his disabled mother. Examples they quote from an alleged organ sale website include a 26-year-old man ‘willing to sell a kidney due to financial problems’ and another who offers both his kidney and bone marrow.
Several of the alleged sellers describe themselves as ‘athletes’ and physically fit in the advertisements they place on the website. The market price for a liver is between $15,000 and $50,000, they say, with kidneys going for up to $10,000.