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Title: Trafficking in part(s): The commercial kidney market in a Manila slum, Philippines
Authors: Yea, S. 
Keywords: Kidney providers
organ trafficking
transplant tourism
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Citation: Yea, S. (2010-12). Trafficking in part(s): The commercial kidney market in a Manila slum, Philippines. Global Social Policy 10 (3) : 358-376. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Organ trafficking is the least researched of all forms of human trafficking. As a result of the ways the phenomenon is framed within academic accounts, government responses and media constructions, almost any situation involving the existence of a commercial market for organs is located within a human trafficking framework. This article takes issue with the presumption of trafficking in commercial kidney markets, using the thriving underground kidney market of Baseco, Manila as a site for this discussion. Two interrelated arguments are made in the article. First, the contextual specificities of the commercial organ market get lost within a universalizing discourse of human trafficking that is also reproduced within much of the academic literature on the topic. Second, commercial organ providers in my research site of the urban slum of Baseco present only 'degrees' of trafficking; meaning that only some elements of trafficking as defined by the United Nations and the Philippines government are present. This means that providers often slip through the anti-human trafficking responses of the Philippines government. The outcome of this is that kidney providers are not the object of any other social policy interventions which could enhance their livelihood and health situations. © The Author(s) 2010.
Source Title: Global Social Policy
ISSN: 14680181
DOI: 10.1177/1468018110379989
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