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Published : 2014-03-11 18:42
Updated : 2014-03-11 18:42

PANarmenia.net

A slew of people reportedly turned to Facebook in an attempt to sell their organs, mostly desperate for money.

The Huffington Post reported Monday that organs are illegally traded on Facebook, which poses moral, ethical and legal dilemmas for those who are desperately in need of organ donations or money.

A journalist from the Sunday Post recently placed an ad on Facebook in search of a donor and he received 11 responses in less than a week, with one man offering an organ in return for 30,000 pounds ($50,000), the U.S. media outlet said.

A 2012 report from the World Health Organization says more than one human organ is illegally purchased every hour worldwide -- the majority of these are kidneys. 

Donors can include impoverished villagers desperately in need of cash, funeral home directors who cut deals with organ brokers and, in the worst cases, victims of sex-trafficking or kidnapping, the Huffington Post reported. 

Buying or selling organs in Korea is strictly outlawed, as well as in almost every country worldwide, including the United States. 

Yet, years-long hospital waiting lists and the time-critical health needs that most patients face force some into the black market on Facebook, the paper pointed out.

Facebook launched its own legal organ donation initiative in 2012 as part of efforts to create a tool that prompted its users to register for organ donation, but it appears to be difficult for Facebook to dodge the moral, ethical and legal responsibility for the alleged organ deals on the social networking site.

By Ock Hyun-ju, Intern reporter (laeticia.ock@heraldcorp.com)

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