Hysterectomy Scams Send Families Spiraling

Scores of Indian families are imprisoned by medical debt after falling victim to hysterectomy scams, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation.

Unscrupulous doctors prey on women seeking solutions to minor ailments like abnormal bleeding or painful periods. Activists have recorded thousands of unnecessary procedures.

Couples told they need the procedure take out substantial loans to cover the cost—and find themselves enslaved by lenders and saddled with medical complications that leave some women unable to work.

“We don't sleep any more. We fear the money lender,” said the husband of one victim who sold family heirlooms to cover the debt.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

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