Black Market Organ Harvesting: Is it Truly Inevitable?

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When there is a product, there is a black market for that product. This is true with drugs, seafood, electronics, art, jewelry, music, designer clothing, and more. This is also true for human tissue and bodily fluids. Human tissues are a product in high demand with little supply. People ask if there is a way to stop this. There is not. The black market trade in organs, bones, blood, and plasma is inevitable due to the ambiguity surrounding organ donation and transplant laws, a shortage of organ donors, and the lucrative nature of selling human tissues.
"Law and economics recognize three types of markets with varying degrees of legality: white, gray, and black. The trade in human flesh has evolved into its own category of commercial
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This was also applied to organ donation, with fantastic results.
However, the inability to know who donated what to whom has severely compromised the system, thus opening it for black market trade (Carney). In addition to the editing of the donation system, a new act, the Organ Harvesting and Transplant Act, also had a massive positive effect on organ donation as it is today. “The Organ Harvesting and Transplant Act ...permit[ed], for the first time, transplants from deceased donors" (McGrath). Before this, all organs were taken from live donors, which is much more difficult than simply taking organs from the dead or brain-dead” (McGrath).
Unfortunately, despite these wonderful advances, people who need an organ often have an incredibly difficult time getting one, and only have word of doctors that they will even get on at all. Part of the problem is all of the restrictions placed on donations to make them ethical make it very easy for America’s more criminally minded citizens to make a profit on human tissue (Carney). The system of donating blood, organs, and bones anonymously is not perfect. There is still a desperate need for these commodities, and even though people cannot pay for their donated tissue, they do still pay in the long run. After all, medical services are by no means free, or even cheap. In
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