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Claim: Web site offers to sell third-world orphans for adoption as organ donors.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2008]
Origins: The idea of allowing people in
That's the concept behind the "Medical Adoptions" web site, which purports to offer over 12,000 orphans (mostly from third-world countries) for sale as adoptees who can be used by their new parents to provide needed organs for transplant (thus supposedly skirting laws prohibiting human organ trafficking).
As usual, the site is just a prank intended to pull some legs and yank some chains. The service offered is (despite disclaimers to the contrary) an illegal one, there is no such business registered or operating in the United States, and the Glasgow address and phone number provided for the putative company are the same ones used in a number of template web sites all over the Internet (including a
The site also contains the typical gags and in-jokes, such as the profiles of some of the orphans allegedly up for adoption, and the site's listing of a
Last updated: 15 February 2008
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