MSU research: Human organ trafficking expanding in Bangladesh
When combining some of the aspects of organ donating and human trafficking, an unfamiliar trend has been discovered in Bangladesh: human organ trafficking.
In order for people to pay off loans, an MSU researcher has discovered that many Bangladeshi villagers are selling their livers or kidneys in this illegal act to get by, according to a press release.
MSU medical anthropologist Monir Moniruzzaman has been researching this topic in Bangladesh for 12 years and recently has noted the phenomenon’s expansion, which at times, has affected entire families, the press release reported.
“The market has widely expanded since I began looking into it,” said Moniruzzaman in the press release. “Unfortunately, it’s a mundane practice now – in Bangladesh and other poor regions around the world.”
In Moniruzzaman’s most recent research, the press release reported that he has documented the ways the trafficking has “infiltrated” Bangladesh.
According to the release, he found that the residents are often tricked into selling their organ under the false pretenses, believing they’re financial woes will be solved and the organ will grow back.