Recently, the FBI exposed a decade long scheme this week. Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn, New York called himself a “matchmaker.” However, his business wasn’t linked to romance and marriage instead he brokered the sale of black-market organs – kidneys that were needed desperately by ill patients in the U.S.
Rosenbaum bought organs from poor people from Israel for $10,000 and then sold them to patients in the U.S. for as much as $160,000. But Mr. Rosenbaum wasn’t the only one dealing in black market organs. It was reported that up to 44 people were arrested in New York as well as New Jersey. They were charged for corruption and money laundering. Many included mayors, rabbis and assemblymen.
Reports also say that buying organs on the black-market is being done in poor countries such as India. Many of the “donors” are paid little money and may be coerced into donating their organs. The unscrupulous buyers then turn around and sell the organs up to 10 times the amount they paid for the organs to patients who are waiting a long time for an organ. In principle, “donating” an organ is a noble idea. However, to buy and sell organs for a profit is not only illegal but also a crime against humanity.