A lucrative black market is meeting the demand for kidneys in Bangladesh, where at least 2,000 people need transplants annually, but donation is only legal between living relatives.
Many in poor farming areas sell kidneys to raise cash—one woman was paid $4,500—by easily finding a local broker. Kalai district has become a hotspot for the racket, with a growing web of donors who turn brokers, taking a commission for anyone they successfully recruit.
The money comes at a price. Most suffer health problems because of poor post-surgery care and can no longer labor on the farms, needing costly medicine to stay well.