Crossing Borders

Grifols owns four plasma centers in El Paso, the sixth largest city of Texas. Due to economic recession, there are local residents from Ciudad Juarez are taking the risk to travel for three straight hours to El Paso and sell their blood plasma at Talecris.

Aracelli Duran is one of those plasma sellers. She can earn as high as $65 after a session of plasma extraction. Duran wants to discontinue crossing the borders selling her plasma but she’s left with no options.

“I can’t get used to this.” She said. “If I had a job, I would not do it. But we have no other choice.”

Ciudad Juarez is a city in Mexico. It is popularly known as one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to widespread violence and hostility. For many of the residents, crossing the border just to earn money is worth the try as long as they are compensated.

About forty percent of donors in Talecris are from Ciudad Juarez. As this can be a good call for the plasma center, an attorney for the Diocese of Juarez said it’s a bad practice for the Mexican donors.

“It is a violation of human rights, it may be legal, but it is immoral,” Elizabeth Flores was interviews by “People should not have to survive by donating their plasma.”

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