Philosophy and Religious Studies
Journal or Book Title
Bioethics and Film
In the film Dirty Pretty Things (Frears 2002), one of the main characters, Okwe (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), discovers that his employer, "Sneaky" (played by Sergi Lopez), is running a peculiar business. During the day Sneaky seems an ordinary hotelier. But on the side he runs a service to provide counterfeit passports for illegal immigrants who wish to remain in Britain. He arranges for poor immigrants to "donate" one of their kidneys, which he sells to people in need of a transplant. In return, he provides the "donors" with forged passports or immigration documents. Unfortunately he employs an incompetent physician to perform the surgery. We never discover how many of those who participate in Sneaky's scheme die after their kidneys are removed. But what we discover about the procedure gives us reason to believe that few could survive.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Wolf, Clark, "Commodification, Exploitation, and the Market for Transplant Organs: A Discussion of Dirty Pretty Things" (2009). Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications. 15.