Nancy Scheper-Hughes , an American anthropologist, will describe the extent and international networks of human trafficking for organs today.
Who are the primary players? How do organs markets function? Who are the key players? How are the relations between organized crime and transplant medicine structured? Whose needs are privileged? What invisible sacrifices are demanded? What public secrets’ and ‘noble lies’ are concealed in the conventional transplant rhetoric of gifting organs, saving lives, flexible bodies, altruism, ‘demand’ and human needs? What motivates a surgeon to enter an illicit human trafficking scheme that pits stranded kidney patients in one country against the appalling ‘bio-availability’ of poor people from demolished agricultural villages in Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, from the favelas of Brazil and stevedores from the watery barrios of Manila? Are all kidney sellers victims? Are all kidney buyers innocent? What kind of moral worlds do kidney hunters, organs traffickers and their clients inhabit? Why is human trafficking for organs a protected crime?