Bring a friend over the border! Both of you can sell your blood.

❝ Every week, thousands of Mexicans cross the border into the U.S. on temporary visas to sell their blood plasma to profit-making pharmaceutical companies that lure them with Facebook ads and colorful flyers promising hefty cash rewards.

❝ The donors, including some who say the payments are their only income, may take home up to $400 a month if they donate twice a week and earn various incentives, including “buddy bonuses” for recruiting friends or family. Unlike other nations that limit or forbid paid plasma donations at a high frequency out of concern for donor health and quality control, the U.S. allows companies to pay donors and has comparatively loose standards for monitoring their health.

❝ The U.S. is the largest supplier of blood plasma in a $21 billion global market…The border clinics are the most productive, according to internal…documents obtained by ARD [German TV]. While most U.S. centers receive around 1,000 paid donations a week, centers at the border count more than 2,300. The documents show that border centers also rank highest in donor frequency; they top of list of centers with customers who donate 75 times or more per year.

But, then, you would expect a leech like Trump to be aiding bloodsuckers profiting from poor migrants.

2 thoughts on “Bring a friend over the border! Both of you can sell your blood.

  1. stuartbramhall says:

    Reblogged this on The Most Revolutionary Act and commented:
    The donors, including some who say the payments are their only income, may take home up to $400 a month if they donate twice a week and earn various incentives, including “buddy bonuses” for recruiting friends or family. Unlike other nations that limit or forbid paid plasma donations at a high frequency out of concern for donor health and quality control, the U.S. allows companies to pay donors and has comparatively loose standards for monitoring their health.

  2. Bloodmoney says:

    “…The U.S. exports $21 billion in plasma each year, relying on donors like Fernando ― one of the approximately 10,000 Mexicans who cross the border each week to sell their blood plasma. That figure is based on internal documents obtained by Searchlight partner ARD German public television from two plasma collection companies. ARD has produced a documentary about the practice. https://www.searchlightnm.org/blood-for-money
    The U.S. supplies nearly three-quarters of the world’s plasma, which is used to make life-saving pharmaceuticals. Some of the country’s most productive donation centers are located at the U.S.-Mexico border ― often within walking distance of an international bridge. http://aob.amegroups.com/article/viewFile/4330/5066
    Three multinational plasma collection companies operate in El Paso: Spain’s Grifols, U.K.-based BPL and Australia’s CSL. They lure Mexican donors to the U.S. side with monthly compensation rates that top what maquiladora assembly plants and many middle-class jobs pay in Juárez. Fernando, for instance, earns roughly double what he’d make as a factory worker. Like many Mexican donors, he donates at the highest rate permitted, potentially risking both his health and his border crossing visa.
    If the U.S. is the world’s top exporter of source plasma, it’s in large part due to the difference in regulations that help dictate the availability of supply: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows donors to donate twice weekly, or 104 times per year, while the Council of Europe recommends a maximum of 33 donations annually.
    In Mexico, it’s been illegal to donate blood products for money since 1987, after the country’s blood supply became contaminated during the HIV crisis.

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