Did you know it is a crime to sell your own body parts?

Under Florida law, it is a crime to buy or sell human body parts, also known as organ trafficking. You cannot buy or sell a heart, lung, pancreas, bone, eye, cornea, or kidney. In order to be arrested and charged with sale, “valuable consideration” has to be exchanged. This means money is exchanged that is over costs of removal, storage, and transportation of the organ. This crime is a second degree felony and is punishable for up to fifteen years in prison.

According to the World Health Organization, organ trafficking is on the rise because of increasing demand for transplants. The main concern is that people will take advantage of the poor and offer very little money for their valuable organs.

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