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By Liang Chen (Global Times)

09:59, October 28, 2011

Days later, Wang's wound from the operation became infected, and reported the case to the security bureau after he failed to receive compensation from the organ intermediary he originally found online.

In 2007, China banned organ transplants from living donors except in cases involving spouses, blood relatives, and adopted family members.

There are no official statistics regarding the number of illegal organ transplants carried out every year in China. However, countless stories have surfaced, as there appears to be a large underground network profiting from the country's demand for organs.

In June, a 17-year-old boy in East China's Anhui Province sold one of his kidneys through an underground dealer, using the money to buy an iPad and a laptop computer, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Earlier this year, 26-year-old Hu Jie, a debt-ridden man in Central China's Hunan Province, had one of his kidneys removed after he agreed to sell it to an illegal organ dealer. He later changed his mind about the deal, but was still forced to go through with the surgery.

Hu posted his tragic story on the Internet in February, and in March the Ministry of Health ordered a nationwide crackdown on hospitals conducting unlicensed organ transplant surgeries.

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