In our July/August issue, Ethan Watters wrote about anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes and her long career documenting the illicit organ-trafficking trade (“The Organ Detective”). In August, the New York Times revealed its own similar efforts, with an extensive report describing the aggressive—and vast—network of brokers who are getting rich arranging overseas operations for needy patients and impoverished donors. The story follows one Israeli woman and her quest to bypass her country’s lengthy donor waiting list by paying $175,000 for a discreet operation in Costa Rica.
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