Seven years after leaving his village in northern India to find work in the bursting metropolis of Mumbai, Sundar Singh Jatav was struggling in a menial job at a video game shop. The $2.50 daily wage was hardly enough with his family back home deep in debt.
So in late 2015, when his boss introduced him to a man who promised to solve his financial problems, Jatav listened — and was shocked.
“He suggested I sell my kidney,” said Jatav, now 23.
What happened over the next several months would upend his life — and reveal a high-level kidney trafficking network inside one of the most reputed hospitals in India’s financial...