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Would you pay $120,000 for a kidney?

So a New York man pleaded guilty today to brokering kidneys.

Levy Izhak Rosenbaum found kidneys for New Jersey-based customers in exchange for “payments of $120,000 or more,” according to the Associated Press.

The man's lawyers claimed that their client actually did a good deed. The three people who paid the money are alive today.

Can't you just see this one in an ethics class someday: The man knew how to get kidneys. Sure, he broke the law by charging for them. But the three people in need of kidneys are alive. They had the money. They paid. Is it so wrong?


(S-R archives photo)

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