A Suitable Donor: Harvesting Kidneys in the Philippines ふさわしい提供者 ...
The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 50, No. 1, December 15, 2014.A Suitable Donor: Harvesting Kidneys in the Philippines ふさわしい提供者 フィリピンの腎臓収穫
1. Along the coast of Manila Bay in the Philippines, behind the grand Manila Hotel, there is a slum district called Baseco. Hidden by towering container yards and cargo ships, this shantytown had been virtually unknown until a few years ago when a television report broadcast nationwide put a red pin on the map of Manila.
Describing it as “a place where the people of damned souls (mga halang ang kaluluwa) sell their kidneys to survive,” Baseco brought to public attention the scandal of what is essentially a human organ farm.
This vote-rich village—where local and national politicians occasionally paid visits (and often made fantastic promises)—has been quietly providing fresh and healthy organs for moneyed foreign and local patients. Recipients have come from the Middle East, North America, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and most recently, Israel.