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Four Corners: Blood Business
Blood Business
ABC  |  August 28, 2017
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Giving blood is a simple and selfless act that saves lives. For many, it's a way of giving back to the community, expecting nothing in return. In Australia, blood donors receive a drink, a biscuit and heartfelt thanks. Overseas, it's a different story. In other countries, blood has become a lucrative commodity fuelling a global trade worth billions of dollars. Plasma, the vital blood component used by pharmaceutical companies to create expensive therapeutic drugs, is like liquid gold. Plasma donation centres operate across America, where they pay, or "compensate" those who provide their blood. Many of these centres operate in the poorest neighbourhoods, where would-be "donors" queue to provide their blood and receive their payment. For some, their blood has become a vital source of income. This joint Swiss/French film investigates the impact of the plasma trade and the toll it's taking on those giving up their blood for money.

Giving blood is a simple and selfless act that saves lives. For many, it's a way of giving back to the community, expecting nothing in return. In Australia, blood donors receive a drink, a biscuit and heartfelt thanks. Overseas, it's a different story. In other countries, blood has become a lucrative commodity fuelling a global trade worth billions of dollars. Plasma, the vital blood component used by pharmaceutical companies to create expensive therapeutic drugs, is like liquid gold. Plasma donation centres operate across America, where they pay, or "compensate" those who provide their blood. Many of these centres operate in the poorest neighbourhoods, where would-be "donors" queue to provide their blood and receive their payment. For some, their blood has become a vital source of income. This joint Swiss/French film investigates the impact of the plasma trade and the toll it's taking on those giving up their blood for money.

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