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He Sold His Kidney to Settle a Family Debt. His Fight for Payment Uncovered Another Organ Racket in India.

September 19, 2016

(Washington Post) – It was an intimidating offer, but one Sundar Singh Jatav couldn’t turn down: Sell your kidney and pull your family out of debt. The 23-year-old needed the windfall, he told the Los Angeles Times. His family owed $10,000, his parents were ailing and his brothers had mental disabilities that kept them from working. Jatav’s $2.50-a-day job at a Mumbai video game shop wasn’t even enough to put a roof over his head. Won over by a silver-tongued man who called himself Sandeep, Jatav agreed to go under the knife. Doctors took his right kidney in late 2015. But Jatav never got paid.

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