Jill Harris: Jacksonville woman offers to sell kidney for $10,000 on Craigslist

Jacksonville, Fl. - A Jacksonville, Florida mother said she posted an ad on Craigslist offering to sell her kidney for $10,000.

"I'm willing to sell my kidney for $10,000," Jill Harris said.

Thursday is World Kidney Day, but this is something you don't see everyday.

Harris claims she posted the ad on Tuesday night.

"I'm at the wits-end, basically. I'm willing to do anything and this was one of the choices I made," she said.

The mother said she lost her job as a mortgage broker in 2006. She is taking care of her son who is almost 8 and money is tight.

In desperation, Harris researched "selling body parts" and made a decision.

"I've thought of all of the in's and outs. The pros and cons," she said "I just got to the point where I don't know what else to do. I'm at that point," says Harris.

Harris said she chose the $10,000 amount based on other online organ sale listings.

"The amount was based on what was online.  The way I'm looking at it is if I was to be a surrogate for somebody. There's medical costs and stuff like that. That would be part of the $10,000," says Harris.

Before she learned it was illegal, Harris considered selling her kidney on Craigslist to make extra money.

Harris said the money would be used for rent and electric bills.

Amy Reese is the Public Education Coordinator for LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services. LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services is the federally-designated organ donor program that serves a 36-county region of North Florida.

"Organ donation is truly one of the greatest acts of human donation and it is a donation," says Reese.

More than 4,000 people in Florida are awaiting a kidney. More than 800 of those are along the First Coast.

"Most all of us have two healthy kidneys. We only need one," says Reese.

She hopes this opens the door for organ donor education on the need for organ donation.

Signing up to be an organ donor can take 2 minutes at donatelifeflorida.org.

"It is a violation of federal law to sell organs on the black market and the FBI has been involved in investigations that have led to prosecutions in the past," says Jon Fletcher with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Violators could be sent to prison or punished with fines.

"I don't want to put myself in jeopardy of breaking a law of any kind," Harris said.

Harris deleted the posting.

To learn more about organ donation, visit these sites:

http://www.organdonor.gov/index.html

http://www.donatelifeflorida.org/

http://www.lifequestfla.org/

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