Poor Iranians Sell Their Organs such as: “Eye And Kidney For Sale”

Poor Iranians Sell Their Organs such as: “Eye And Kidney For Sale”

Published by on August 20, 2018

According to ISNA news agency in Iran, two men, aged 20 and 23, and two of their friends have put up ads on city walls to sell some of their body parts.
Mohammad-Reza, Javad, Mohammad and Ali have put up ads to sell their kidneys and eyes. The mother of one of these young men has to undergo an open heart surgery. Mohammad-Reza said that he went along with the ads because of his friend’s mother and also to send money to his family. He was a street peddler before this and is now unemployed. He said that after putting up the ad, people call him and sympathize with him. “This empathy is worth the world to me,” Mohammad-Reza said. Javad is Mohammad-Reza’s friend and one of the four who wants to sell one of his eyes. He said that his brother is an addict and that his family had financial problems. Javad said that losing one of his eyes was not that difficult for him.
In Iran, unlike any other country in the world, it is legal to sell organs and there are even dozens of organ supply units spread across the country.
Selling one’s own body organs or blood “on the black market” is a common practice and has actually turned into a business for some.
In recent years, many people who do not have any source of income to be able to provide for their children have turned to sell their body organs as a method of temporary relief. People openly post ads on the walls in streets adjacent to hospitals to offer their kidneys, liver, blood, cornea, bone marrow, etc. for sale.


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