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Constant headlines about confusing bank recapitalizations and EU summits can obscure the human cost of economic hardship.A fascinating piece from Dan Bilefsky of The New York Times takes a look at people in Europe who are attempting to sell organs just to put food on the table.
Organ shortages, poverty, and the internet have created a black market where a kidney can fetch $40,000, despite national and international efforts to crack down on the practice.
From the New York Times:
“In Spain, Italy, Greece and Russia, advertisements by people peddling organs — as well as hair, sperm and breast milk — have turned up on the Internet, with asking prices for lungs as high as $250,000.”
The combination of job losses and a slashed social safety net has created pockets of desperate poverty that European leaders seem to be ignoring. Maybe it is time to focus less on banks and more on people.
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