Kidney seller from a village in the Philippines from the film "Tales from the Organ Trade". (Photo: Associated Producers Ltd.)
"There is a growing network of organ trade throughout the world. And unfortunately the source of these organs are the indigent the poor the vulnerable and the persons who want this are rich wealthy nations who can pay a hundred thousand for a kidney and they are harvesting these organs." - Jonathan Ratel, the Canadian lead prosecutor on a high profile organ trafficking case in Kosovo, on how the poor are exploited horrifically by the trade in human organs.
In a new documentary, director Ric Esther Bienstock discovers a more complex story. From the slums of Manila, to the peaks of Denver, Tales from the Organ Trade tells the story of people desperate to buy organs and people desperate to sell.
As part of our project Line in The Sand exploring the ethical dilemmas that define us, we explore the questions and issues of paying for organs.
Ric Esther Bienstock is the Toronto director of Tales from the Organ Trade. The film premiered in North America at Toronto's Hot Docs film festival last night, and screens again today and Thursday.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.
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