Organs for Sale

An in-depth investigation into the international trade in human organs.

Organs for Sale

Organs for Sale

The market for human organs is condemned in large parts of the world, but it will continue to grow as long as rich patients from the West continue travelling to the Third World to buy organs from poor living donors. Plenty of people in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are prepared to sell an organ and the trade has proved impossible to stop, as there is no prospect of the West becoming self-sufficient in organs.

Organs for Sale follows Jim, 40 years old and father of two. He has been waiting for a kidney-donor for six years, during which time his condition has gradually deteriorated. He is afraid he will die before a donor appears, and has decided to take matters into his own hands.

Jim finds a Pakistani hospital on the Internet that offers a package deal for £10,000. He and Susanne, his wife, decide to make the journey. The couple document their experience on camera

Pakistan is one of the few places in the world where the organ trade is not illegal, but it is also a controversial topic that officially does not exist.

Organs for Sale,with the help of the Western couple’s private footage, reveals how doctors and organizers operate to procure organs from poor Pakistani villagers. The film also includes interviews with with some of these villagers who have sold organs to pay off debts.

Director Steen Jensen
Producer Søren Klovberg
Produced by DR
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2003
Original Title Organer til Salg