Five people have been charged in the crime. The boy now suffers from renal deficency. According to Chinese news agency the kidney broker received around $35,00 and paid the boy $3,500. He split the rest with the doctor, hospital contractor and others involved.
A defendant He Wei was broke due to gambling debt and another trolled chat rooms looking for a donor.
The boy from the very poor province of Anhui and couldn't afford the devices which combined cost over $1,00. When his mother asked him how he got the money, he told her, hes old his kidney.
China banned the trading of human organs in 2007.
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