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Teen sells kidney on black market to purchase iPhone and iPad

A Chinese teenager sells his kidney on the black market in order to buy an iPhone and iPad.

Trace Hagan | Apr 9, 2012 at 11:33 am CDT (0 mins, 56 secs reading time)

If this is the kind of stuff that's going on around the planet, I'm pretty sure I don't want to live on it anymore. This is no joke, no April Fools. This is serious. A Chinese teenager sold his kidney on the black market just so he could buy an iPhone and iPad. 5 people have been arrested in relation to the incident.

Teen sells kidney on black market to purchase iPhone and iPad |

The 17-year-old received a payment of 22,000 yuan, or about $3,500, to allow the surgical removal of his kidney. Ridiculous as it may sound, this payment only amounted to 10 percent of what the patient receiving the organ paid. This goes to show just how little the donor receives when selling organs on the black market.

This is just one of many incidents where youths are valuing electronic gadgets over their own bodies. It's a frightening trend. These kids think nothing of their future and make a quick decision to have a life changing operation just to be able to afford the latest electronic device. Worse yet, if their other kidney fails, they could be spending 10 times what they were paid in order to get a kidney transplant.

Last updated: Mar 2, 2014 at 12:00 am CST

Trace Hagan


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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