The Transplant Trade

Director: Channel 4
Year: 2004
Country: UK
Duration: 90 mins
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Organ Trafficking, Documentary

The Transplant Trade follows the plight of people in different countries who are in desperate need of an organ transplant, including an 11-year-old girl in England who survives on kidney dialysis, and a man in India - also on dialysis - who has to pay for every treatment. Since the sale of organs is illegal, many people are driven to the black market, where the main beneficiaries are the brokers. Should the UK allow doctors to use organs from the deceased without prior permission? Should people be allowed to sell their organs under strict guidelines? For the people in this film, these are questions of life and death. (Aired Channel 4, Thursday 22 April 2004, 21:00)

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