Jersey Rotten Scoundrel

Illegal Kidney Trade Flourishing

Among the more unexpected revelations in the New Jersey corruption bust on Thursday that snagged three mayors was that at least one of the 44 arrested men allegedly traded human organs on the black market for 10 years. “The price with what we are asking here is $150,000,” Levy Izhak Rosenbaum told an undercover federal agent, and the New York Daily News reports that organ trafficking is an “underground business where wretchedly poor foreigners—particularly in India—are paid $2,000 to $10,000 for kidneys.” Generally, organ recipients travel overseas for their operations, but “some have been done in New York, apparently without the knowledge of hospital officials," medical ethicists and the leading experts in the black market said.