Organ trafficking: Scope and ethical dilemma

Eytan Mor*, Hagai Boas

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Israeli experience discloses the relationship between the traditional altruistic basis of organ donation and the new alternatives based on a utilitarian conception of unrelated compensated donation. Although organ trafficking in Israel was dramatically intensified, cadaveric and living-related donations decreased. Reforms in living donations, such as evaluation committees for unrelated directed donors, were insignificant in terms of meeting the demand of patients and reducing the volume of trafficking. It is our contention that battling organ trafficking should provide patients with a realistic alternative for kidney donations. Our model of regulated nondirect paid donations is planned to legalize significant compensation for the unrelated donors drawing individuals from falling into the trap of organ traders. This program, together with uncompromised penalties, would hopefully eradicate organ trafficking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-299
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Diabetes Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


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