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Minister Arrested in Organ Procurement Scandal

January 17, 2006

Take a look at this article, which (briefly) describes the arrest of a Korean minister who was implicated in a black market organ transplant ring. According to the story, this clergyman and his cohorts were taking "premiums from terminally ill patients in return for arranging tours to China for transplant surgeries." How dare anyone actually find organs for desperately ill patients! What was the compensation to the conspirators? Again, according to the article,

It was uncovered that Koh and his collaborators earned W120 million (US$120,000) from 28 liver cancer patients.

Perhaps $4200 per patient wasn't adequate to generate the required protection money.

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