Unemployed man offers kidney for sale on eBay

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22 July 2005, VIERSEN - Internet auction house eBay alerted police Friday after a 54 year-old-unemployed man offered for sale over the net one of his kidneys for EUR 400,000.

22 July 2005

VIERSEN - Internet auction house eBay alerted police Friday after a 54 year-old-unemployed man offered for sale over the net one of his kidneys for EUR 400,000.

eBay terminated the auction and reported the incident to police, a police spokesman in the west German town of Viersen said.

The long-term unemployed man, who confessed to making the offer, now faces charges for breach of Germany's law regulating transplants.

However, police said that the man did not know that offering his own organs was a punishable offence and that he decided to take the action in a bid to ensure his family's finances.

The police described the incident as a tragic case.

DPA

Subject: German news

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