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Body crime: human organ procurement and alternatives to the international black market

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 30

Boronia Halstead and Paul Wilson
ISBN 0 642 15899 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 1991


The demand for human organs for transplantation far outstrips supply. The authors examine the latent potential for criminal solutions to this problem. They review human organ procurement policies and discuss how such policies can have the unintended effect of contributing to the proliferation of black markets in human organs, and the exploitation of poorer nations. They also assess a variety of strategies to increase the supply of organs.