Cambodians The Latest Target For Organ Traffickers

The seven-inch scar runs diagonally across one side of his lower torso, a glaring reminder of an operation he hoped would save his family from debt but instead plunged him into regret.

Trafficking is a widespread concern in Cambodia and authorities routinely scrutinize cases involving the sex trade, forced marriage or slavery – but this was the first related to organs.

The complicity of donors, whether compelled by poverty or coerced by unscrupulous brokers, makes it an under-reported crime which is difficult to expose.