Most of the harvested organs were then sold to recipients in Israel while others went to Canadians, Poles and Germans. But while the recipients got a new lease of life the donors often went unpaid and were abandoned.
Organ trading is a worldwide phenomenon. In Bangladesh, rural villagers are known to sell their kidneys for between 1,400 euros and 1,900 euros ($1,891 - $2,567). On the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, refugees from Africa are reportedly subject to organ theft.