Although most countries ban the buying and selling of human organs, experts believe the black market for them is on the rise. The lost livelihoods and border closings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have left many migrants and refugees stranded, vulnerable to recruitment by organ traffickers promising money to pay their passage if they sell a kidney. Driving the market is the growing gap between patients waiting for a life-saving transplant and available organs. Some economists have proposed legalizing payments to kidney donors as an incentive to donate. But medical groups say that would commodify body parts and exploit the poor. Human rights activists want more countries to ban transplant tourism. But bans in Egypt have made the trade more violent and secretive, ...

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