“Five people have gone on trial in China for illegal organ trading and intentional injury after a student sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone,” BBC News reports.
“The defendants include the surgeon who removed the kidney from the 17-year-old in the central province of Hunan. They face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency,” The Beeb reports. “The student, identified only as Wang, was recruited in an online chat room, according to prosecutors… The group is said to have received around $35,000 (£22,000) for the transplant, while the student was reportedly given about $3,000 for his kidney. He nearly died after suffering renal failure following the operation and is said to still be in poor health.”
The Beeb reports, “The case was discovered when the student’s mother questioned him about how he obtained the money to buy his new gadgets. He eventually admitted to selling his kidney. While Apple products are popular in China, they are priced beyond the reach of many urban workers.”
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MacDailyNews Take: It’s always surprising, but it shouldn’t be: Human nature runs a very wide gamut.