OPINION: Tracking Down Organ Traffickers and Their Victims

September 25, 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Over the past five years I have travelled back and forth from Liverpool interviewing African migrants who have sold or brokered the sale of kidneys in Cairo. On my last visit I filmed a documentary with BBC Panorama “Exposing the Illegal Organ Trade.” As part of the documentary, I met a Sudanese man in his late thirties. Okot had been working as an organ broker in Cairo since 2003. He described the organ trade as a family business, an economic lifeline in a hostile environment. The price of a kidney, Okot explained, depends on the seller’s ability to negotiate.