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Thai businessman in Chonburi tries to sell his kidney to pay off loan sharks


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A Chonburi man who is hopelessly indebted to money usurers has despaired of selling his kidney illegally to pay off his debts.

36-year-old Thanakrit Pansingsorn, who is fully aware that the sale of human organs is illegal in Thailand, stood on a street corner in Chachoengsao this weekend with a sign saying he would sell his kidney for the right price.

The incident went viral on social media, when motorists stopped, inquired about Thanakrit’s situation and even gave him money, eventually finding no buyer.

Thanakrit is the owner of Thanakrit Jik Supply Co. in Ban Bueng district. His 51-Marine mother-in-law, Papada Kaewpancha, accompanied by her 6-year-old granddaughter and 4-year-old grandson, sought out the local press to make this story known to the general public, Thanakrit was not present.

Papada said Thanakrit’s company crashed during the coronavirus pandemic and he continued to support his 20 employees early on, but borrowed money from a loan shark to pay their salaries.

But the pandemic lasted longer than he expected and the exorbitant interest rates piled up. He is now broke and has no money to pay for his children’s school.

On Sunday, unbeknownst to anyone, he went outside with his plate to try to sell his kidney in exchange for the millions of baht he needs to settle his debt. His mother-in-law said she was relieved that there were no interested buyers, but she is afraid of what he will do next.

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