In a recent BBC article, entitled: China ‘kidney for iPad’ trial begins in Hunan is said that five people have gone on trial in China for illegal organ trading and intentional injury after a 17-year-old student sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone.
According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, they face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.
The student is not able to attend the hearing because he feels too sick.
According to prosecutors, the teenager, identified only as Wang, was recruited in an online chat room.
One of the defendants, He Wei, was accused of arranging the illegal kidney transplant last April in order to pay his gambling debts.
The defendants have received approximately $35,000 for the transplant. The teenager was given about $3,000 for his kidney.
The student could have died after suffering renal failure following the operation. And he is still in poor health.
Mr He told judges on that the teenager had been willing to undergo the surgery.
When the boy’s mother asked him about how he got the money to buy his new gadgets he admitted to selling his kidney.
Apple products are popular in China and the prices are steep for many urban workers.
In addition, there is a constant shortage of organ transplants.