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Title: The invisible issue of organ laundering
Authors: Manzano, A.
Monaghan, Mark P.
Potrata, B.
Clayton, M.
Keywords: Organ trafficking
Organ laundering
Organ trade
Transplant tourism
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Citation: MANZANO, A. ... et al., 2014. The invisible issue of organ laundering. Transplantation, 98 (6), pp.600 - 603.
Abstract: Global institutions, although suggesting measures to deter organ trafficking, reiterate the lack of official statistics about this illegal trade. In this article, we explore the reasons why organ trafficking remains unreported. We argue that the complex factors that perpetuate invisibility facilitate trafficked organs being "laundered" in the health care systems of the purchaser's country, hindering accurate estimation of the problem. The factors are as follows: (a) issues of globalization, jurisdiction, and law enforcement; (b) the power of health care professionals; (c) the reimbursement of transplantation costs abroad by insurers; (d) ambivalence of the victim status of the sellers; and (e) the buyers as vulnerable offenders.
Description: This article was published in the journal Transplantation [© Lippincott Williams & Wilkins] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000000333
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1097/TP.0000000000000333
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23264
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/TP.0000000000000333
ISSN: 0041-1337
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