The small village of Hokse in Nepal is called the Kidney Valley. Virtually all its inhabitants have chosen to “donate” their kidneys to human organ traffickers, so that they can buy a piece of land, build a house and feed their families.
Traders come regularly to this village and its surroundings and convince the locals who suffer from the lack of money to “donate” a kidney.
claim that one kidney is enough to live a lifetime, and some believe that another will grow them instead.
Unfortunately, many lost their homes that they paid for with their kidneys in a devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. After waking up without a roof over their heads, many villagers began to drown their pain. in alcohol.
Under these conditions, the organ trade has exploded in the area and makes Nepal a kind of world kidney bank.
Although the Nepalese government banned kidney donation for money in 2007, an estimated 10,000 such operations take place on the black market each year and 7,000 of the donated kidneys are actually sold.
It is a profitable business that generates revenues of up to $ 650 million annually.
Kidnappings, violence and deception
Not every trader is convincing enough and some even resort to violent practices – the villagers are abducted and forced to go to the hospital for an examination and, without any consent, their kidneys are removed.
Many are fooled that they will get a well paid job if they go to India. Unfortunately, children, especially those from poor or disabled families, often become targets of traffickers.
Most people living with a single kidney need regular check-ups to see if there are any side effects, but Hokse residents do not have the money to go to the doctor and do not understand these risks.