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[Correspondence] Organ and human trafficking in Nepal

I was baffled to read, in Sophie Cousins’ World Report (Feb 27, p 833),1 the stories of people in Nepal who were made vulnerable because of the earthquake and poverty to sell their organs, particularly their kidneys. A substantial proportion of kidney donors (315 [70%] of 452) were unrelated to the recipient, and 94% of kidney transplantations were done in India,2 which has become an international hub for kidney trade.3 Only few scientific publications have so far reported this illegal human organ trafficking, particularly because of the intricacies of tracking these cases.

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