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J Korean Soc Transplant. 2016 Sep;30(3):109-119. Korean.
Published online September 30, 2016.
Copyright © 2016 The Korean Society for Transplantation
Current Status and Corresponding Strategy of Transplant Tourism
Hyung Joon Ahn,1, Hwi Won Kim,2, Won Kyung Chang,3 Ki Won Kim,4 Hee Jung Jeon,5 Curie Ahn,6 and Oh Jung Kwon7
1Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Social Studies, College of Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
3Scranton Honors Program, Scranton College, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea.
4Nephrology Clinic, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea.
5Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea.
6Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.
7Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Han Yang University, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Oh Jung Kwon. Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Han Yang University Seoul Hospital, 222-1 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763, Korea. Tel: 82-2-2290-8454, Fax: 82-2-2281-0224, Email:

First co-author: Hyung Joon Ahn, Hwi Won Kim

Received September 01, 2016; Accepted September 02, 2016.


Transplant tourism (TT) has developed into a global concern for international organizations, transplant communities, researchers, and the press. Increasing the knowledge of organ trafficking and TT is essential to raise awareness and prepare responses that will prevent the occurrence of illicit organ transplantation through TT. This review article describes the current status and legal framework of international organ trafficking and TT. Collection and analysis of data concerning TT from national and international registries will provide the best estimates of global activities, which are necessary to develop an appropriate local and worldwide collaborative response to organ trafficking and TT. International collaboration and multifaceted strategies are needed to address the complex challenges of TT.

Keywords: Transplant tourism; Organ trafficking; International registry


Fig. 1
Global scope of trafficking in organs.
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Fig. 2
Modes of transnational trafficking in organs. Reprinted from Fig. 3 of reference [3].
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This work was supported by 2016 project grant from The Korean Society for Transplantation.

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