x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Whose kidney was it?

The advertisement on Dubizzle last week claiming to offer an organ for sale was both macabre and absurd.

What exactly is a "flawless" kidney? The advertisement on Dubizzle last week claiming to offer an organ for sale for Dh200,000 was both macabre and absurd. What would a buyer do upon receiving a kidney from an internet sale, whether it was flawless or not?

We suspect a hoax in this case rather than some desperate or nefarious attempt at commerce in human organs. But on the off chance that there is a kidney on the market, the story certainly deserves some investigation.

Dubizzle has had more than its share of bizarre posts, which to its credit the company has consistently acknowledged and taken offline. Another obviously illegal sale on offer was a baby cheetah last month. Given the country's battle against the illegal wildlife trade, that advertisement seemed more credible than this latest one.

If the kidney sale is a joke, the perpetrator still deserves to be unmasked. And, given the black market organ trade in other countries, there is perhaps a sliver of a chance that someone is offering their kidneys - or other people's - for sale. Authorities working with Dubizzle should endeavour to find out.