Selling unclaimed corpses in Iran has been widely noticed in recent weeks after it was found that medical colleges are paying up to $3,000 per corpse in the black market.
An Iranian newspaper reported that the lack of deceased bodies has forced medical students to seek help from the black markets to buy corpses to use as cadavers for medical research purposes.
The report said around 100 unclaimed corpses were found in Tehran’s streets, with doctors urging that they should be handed to medical schools so that students may benefit from them.
A practicing doctor told another local newspaper that her college had purchased three bodies, one of which belonged to a man who was executed in prison. His corpse cost 10 million toman ($3,000), she said.
Trading human organs is currently legal under Iranian law. The poor are often exploited to sell body organs such as kidneys, a practice that has spread widely in recent years.